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Over 100 construction workers stage protest over missing wages

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More than 100 workers at a construction site in Preah Sihanouk province’s Sihanoukville protested and demanded four month’s worth of missing wages.

Bros Toch, one of the construction workers, said yesterday the manager of the hotel building in Bei commune had failed to pay them since January.

Mr Toch said the construction workers needed their wages so they could go home next week for Khmer New Year holiday.

“We need our wages to go home. The owner has failed to pay us from one month to another. I have not been paid in four months,” he said.

Another worker who declined to be named said the workers called on the provincial labour department and local authorities to intervene so a solution can be reached.

“We ask authorities to intervene so the owners would pay our wages so we would have money to buy food daily,” she said.

“No building owner or manager has shown up to find a solution for us,” she said.

Met Vanna, deputy chief of the Provincial Labour Department, said his chief met with the owner last week who promised the workers will be paid on April 12.

“We asked our labour department chief to intervene. We first met with a translator of  the building owner, they promised to pay them on April 12,” he said.

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