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Factory owners pay up after workers protest

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Employees protested about under-payment. Supplied

A total of 900 garment workers from Gawon Apparel factory in Kandal province’s Takhmao town have finally received their wages for September after weeks of protests.

More than 300 workers protested to demand their wages on several occasions last month, with a group of the demonstrators sleeping outside the factory. They also sent a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen seeking help to get their pay.

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

Worker representative Chan Tha said the company eventually agreed to pay workers their September wages before the Water Festival holiday, which began yesterday.

Worker Kim Sreyoun said she and others had been protesting because they could not accept being underpaid.

“Now the company paid us our wages for September, we will go back to work,” she said.

“No one wanted to sleep in front of the factory. We are women and it was not safe for us, but we had no choice. We hope the company will pay us properly and on time next month,” she added.

Lim Sarom, chief of the labour dispute office at the Labour Department in Kandal province, confirmed workers had returned to the factory as usual.

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