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Kandal workers to demand missing benefits today

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The workers protest outside their factory. CUMW

Hundreds of garment factory workers from Now Corp in Kandal province will continue to protest today in order to demand unpaid benefits.

The workers first began to strike on Thursday after they said the company failed to account for years of seniority indemnity payments.

A worker who declined to be named said the workers were suspended in March due to a halt in production, with the promise that it would resume on June 26.

However, the worker said instead of resuming work, the workers were greeted with one last cheque.

“The company forced us to take $320 to $450, without accounting for all the years workers have worked – some worked for nearly 10 years – we do not accept this package,” the worker said. “We came back after nearly three months, but there was no work – they told us the company was either closed or bankrupt.”

Sut Chet, an official from the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, yesterday said unionists observed the protest on Thursday.

Mr Chet said the workers protested because the company did not pay owed seniority indemnity and other benefits.

“The company did follow Labour Law, especially regarding seniority indemnity,” he said. “Some workers worked there for many years, but they were all paid about the same. It’s a violation of the law.”

Mr Chet noted that he will again observe the protest today.

“After they protested last week, no solution was given yet by the company,” he said. “They will protest again on Monday to seek an intervention.”

Representatives of the company could not be reached for comment.

According to Directive 443 on seniority indemnity, employers are required to pay a bonus equalling to a half month’s wage twice a year to qualified workers.

On June 12, the Labour Ministry said the policy became effective last month.

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