Workers protest over unpaid wages

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PM with garment workers in August 2018. File photo.

More than 100 garment factory workers yesterday staged a protest over unpaid wages in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district.

Moeun Sara, one of the workers, said Hungtak Garment Co Ltd paid some of the missing wages yesterday, bringing a stop to the protest.

Mr Sara noted that the company cited cash flow problems for the delay in paying the wages which are due on the 10th of every month.

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Khim Chamnan, another worker, said that after they protested, the company paid a flat rate of $200 to all of them and promised those who earn more that they will be paid the balance today.

“The company said it will pay all amounts due tomorrow and asked us to end the protest,” he said. “We accepted the offer and went back to work.”

Dangkor District Hall yesterday released a statement on the issue.

“All sides reached an agreement and the workers went back to work as usual,” it said.

On Tuesday, 257 garment workers from LIDA Garment held a rally for missing wages at the company’s plant in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district.

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Cambodian Workers Union Federation president Huy Sambath said that the garment workers occupied parts of the factory after learning that factory owner, Zhou Gong Bing, fled for unknown reasons.

“Their employer fled and left hundreds of workers jobless,” Mr Sambath said.

Last month, Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the government has spent $22 million to compensate workers for missing wages across the country.

Mr Hun Sen said that a regulation has also been set up requiring factory owners to pay indemnity in order to avoid conflict.

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