More than 100 vendors of the New World market in Por Sen Chey district’s Kantaok commune protested yesterday after the market owner announced that stall renting prices would be doubled after New Year’s Eve.
The vendors sent a letter to the owner, Oknha Hong Piv, pleading for him to keep the current rent prices.
Srey Na, a market vendor, said the price for stalls range between $30 and $100 per month, depending on size.
Ms Na said the owner told them the price would increase by 100 percent, meaning the minimum renting price will now be $60.
“We cannot accept this, they doubled the prices,” she said.
So Thearith, another vendor, said that Mr Hong Piv should actually lower the rent prices because since its opening in 2016, the market has attracted few customers and the sellers haven’t made much profit.
Yong Sithol, Kantaok commune chief, said sellers should continue working as usual for now. He said negotiations were complex because the market belonged to a private owner and not to the state.
“Authorities suggest the old prices be kept in order to stop the vendors from protesting,” Mr Sithol said. “But both sides will have to negotiate for what will constitute an acceptable price.”