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Staff continue protesting for bonuses

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The workers claim they have not been given their annual bonuses for seven years. Supplied

More than 100 garment workers in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district yesterday resumed protests to demand their annual bonus from 2010 to 2017.

The Meng Da Footwear Industrial workers claim they never got their bonuses and are now demanding they be paid because they heard there might be a change in ownership.

Since Friday, the workers have been protesting and sometimes blocking a portion of Veng Sreng Boulevard to demand their bonuses.

A meeting set for yesterday failed to address the workers’ issues and protests resumed.

Worker Chan Tha said some of the workers resumed protests, while others did not. Previous protests saw 500 workers demonstrating.

“There is no solution yet, that is why some of us are still protesting, but not blocking the road,” she said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday appealed to all workers to not protest and block roads because it will affect their work, and other residents.

The workers gather outside their workplace. Supplied

“Two or three people persuade the workers to protest over bonuses, for example, and if the employer agrees to pay them the bonus, after that they might stop renewing their contract and find other workers, so those 500 workers will have no job,” he said of the Meng Da protests.

“We respect the right to protest, but do not block the road,” he added. “It affects other people. It is illegal. Do not have gangsters to lead the protest. The workers will lose their benefits.”

Meng Da representatives could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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