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About 1,600 workers demand April’s wages

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Workers protest in front of the FMF factory in Kandal province. Central

About 1,600 workers of the FMF factory staged a protest yesterday in front of the factory to demand last month’s missing wages in Kandal province’s Takhmao city.

Chin Mali, one of the workers, said yesterday the factory management failed to pay workers their last month’s wages and sacked 150 workers without advance notice.

Ms Mali stresses that the company, which produces bags and handbags, did not pay  compensation to the furloughed workers.

Another worker said the company promised to pay them on May 11 but payment was delayed.

“The company promised to pay us that day but when that day came, they postponed it,” she said.

She said the factory suspended its operation 20 days ago owing to coronavirus pandemic and will continue another 15-day suspension.

“Now, the company has suspended their operation and it has not yet paid us. We badly need the money to pay for daily expenses and house rent,” she said.

Cheav Sok Theng, administration chief of FMF factory, said the factory has faced a financial crunch amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have never paid them late but this month, it has no money because our products could not be exported due to cancelled orders,” Mr Sok Theng said. “However, we are trying hard to find money to pay them.”

He said the company was forced to lay off 150 workers because of the financial crunch.

“They are trying to find money to pay them by May 22,” he said.

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) last week released a statement saying 180 factories have suspended their operations, with 60 more in the pipeline, thus wreaking havoc on the more than 150,000 workers.

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