Approximately 500 workers of Ghim Li (Cambodia) Pte. Ltd. in Pur Senchey gathered outside the factory on Monday (Sept.17) in an effort to block National Road 4. The presence of police and other authorities worsened the traffic situation.
This was the workers’ most recent action to get the company to meet their demands for back pay and compensation.
The textile factory changed its name to GG Fashion (Cambodia) Co. Ltd., shut down the old factory and moved production to another location. Over 2000 workers must now commute to the new facility.
They demand two months back pay and seniority-based compensation for the closure, and that the workers transferred to the new workplace retain their salary, seniority and other benefits.
Chey Sopha, a former Ghim Li employee, said that they have protested before, but to no avail, and “… must block the road to urge the company and Labour Ministry to resolve the situation.”
Heng Sour, Labour Ministry spokesman, said “We have officials here to intervene and persuade them [workers] to open the road. We will meet with them afterwards to look for a solution.”
Prime Minister Hun Sen stated in August that the government has already paid out $22 million that companies have denied their workers, and is forcing factory owners to pay indemnity lest they flee the country.