About 300 garment workers from Gawon Apparel in Kandal province’s Takhmao town blocked the road in front of the factory again this morning to prevent the factory moving any machinery to a new location.
Prak Chanthorn, an official with the Coalition of Cambodia Apparel Worker’s Democratic Union (C.CAWDU), told Khmer Times on Tuesday that the workers gathered to block the road in front of their factory to prevent the factory sending the machines out.
“The workers blocked the small road only while yesterday they blocked the big road. They are waiting for the result from the Arbitration Council that promised to find a solution for the workers in three days,” he said.
Mr Chanthorn said there are between 700 and 800 machines in the factory and the workers were afraid their employers would transfer the machines out and that’s why they gathered at the factory.
The workers at Gawon Apparel factory protested and block the road almost every month due to the employer often suspending their monthly wages and not paying their full salaries.
So far this month, the workers have blocked the road three times. A Kandal provincial labour department official told Khmer Times that the department could not find a resolution for them because the factory owners did not have the ability to solve the problem and the workers demand all their benefits.
Chha Kbong Hy, the director of Gawon Apparel, wrote a letter to the Labour Department in Kandal province last week asking them to intervene.
“We did not transfer these machines to sell them. We want to upgrade the machinery and install new machines, but the workers blocked the factory’s door. It affects the company’s workflow,” she said in the letter.