Unpaid workers camp out

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A group of garment workers in Kandal province have been sleeping outside their factory for ten days after the firm failed to pay them their full wages.

Kim Sreyoun, an employee of Gawon Apparel Co. in Takhmao town, said many workers had still not received their proper salary for September.

The staff should have got $153, but were only given $50 or $70.

Despite protests from workers, the factory has failed to come up with a solution, she said.

“We are staying in front of the factory day and night to demand action,” she said.

Prak Chanthon, an officer with the Coalition of Cambodia Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union, said the company had left employees struggling to survive. 

“They do not have money to pay their rent or living expenses,” he said. “The workers will sleep in front of the factory until they get a solution.”

On October 11, more than 300 workers from the company protested outside Prime Minister Hun Sen’s home in Takhmoa town to seek intervention in their case.

Lim Sarom, chief of the labour dispute office at the Labour Department in Kandal province, earlier said the firm was unable to pay staff on time because buyers had failed to pay them.

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