Pay feud workers camp out

Source: Khmer Times

Workers at the Nantai Garment Factory were informed that ownership would be changing and their contracts would not be renewed. Supplied

More than 100 workers from a garment factory in Steung Meanchey commune are protesting and camping outside the company gates over improper severance pay issued to them after a change in ownership.

Workers at the Nantai Garment Factory were informed that ownership of the factory would be changing and their contracts would not be renewed after September 1.

Each worker was provided only $60 as severance, which they claim is contrary to what they are owed under the Labour Law.

Huy Sambath, president of the Cambodia Workers Union Federation, said the company must pay the workers their dues despite production being halted.

“According to the Labour Law, if the company is bankrupt, they must pay the workers and issue other benefits, but the workers got only $60 each,” he said. “They do not accept it.”

He added that workers are demanding the company find a solution for them and are camping outside the factory to ensure machinery is not sold off without them cashing in on the liquidation.

Som Sreymab, a representative of the workers, said they are camping outside the factory out of desperation.

“They are sleeping in front of the factory because they are afraid,” she said.

According to the Interior Ministry, there were 432 protests at 376 factories throughout the country during the first half of 2017, mostly to demand better working conditions.

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