Garment workers join severance pay protest

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Nearly 300 garment workers yesterday protested outside their factory to demand severance pay after being suddenly cut loose from their positions at the Por Senchey district manufacturer.

The workers began losing their jobs at the Fortune Fashion factory on Monday, when the company forced them to sign termination contracts despite time remaining on their employment contracts.

Huy Sambath, president of the Cambodia Union Federation and a representative of the workers, said that the factory produced T-shirts, polo shirts, jacket, dresses, shorts and pants in Chom Chao commune.

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“Most of the workers had three months left on their contracts,” he said. “Some still had five months left on their contracts, but they were forced to resign from work. I think that it is unfair for the workers. The company did not announce their bankruptcy and has failed to pay severance, along with other owed bonuses.”

Mr Sambath noted that the Labour Law requires a company on the verge of bankruptcy to notify workers of the situation and put aside funds to pay them their dues.

Phone calls to the factory went unanswered yesterday.

The workers protested outside the factory while holding banners that asked the company to respect the Labour Law.

Theng Kosal, Chom Chao commune police chief, said the protest remained peaceful.

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“Now they are waiting for a solution from the company,” he said. “But there has not yet been any result.”

According to the Interior Ministry, during the first half of 2017 there were 432 protests at 376 factories throughout the country, mostly to demand better working conditions.

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