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More than 2,000 workers go on strike after company suspends operations

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Garment workers from Kingmakers (Cambodia) Footwear held a protest to demand 50 percent of their monthly wages. Supplied

More than 2,000 garment workers from Kingmakers (Cambodia) Footwear in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet city today held a protest to demand 50 percent of their monthly wages after the company announced it was suspending work for a month.

Ou Sok Khoeun, a provincial labour department deputy director, said that the company informed its 2,180 workers and the department that it was suspending operations because it lacked orders from customers.

He said the workers demanded that the company pay them 50 percent of their monthly wages during the suspension period and the employer did not agree, leading to the protest.

“The company does not have any orders so it decided to suspend operations for a month,” Mr Sok Khoeun said. “We negotiated with the workers and they said they need 50 percent of their wages, but the company did not agree.”

He said that the company instead offered to pay the workers $30 each.

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