Construction workers continue wage protests

Source : Khmer Times

The workers block a gate to the construction site.

About 100 construction workers employed by the Emario Hotel and Resort in Preah Sihanouk province yesterday continued their protests over three months of unpaid wages.

On Tuesday, nearly 100 workers of 450 took a tractor to block the company’s gate after they accused deputy company director Chou Darareth of not paying their wages.

The workers say Ms Darareth has an internal family dispute with her husband, who is the company director, which has resulted in a freeze of their wages.Ngim Sovorn, one of the construction workers, said the workers would continue their protest until their wages were paid.

“After negotiations with authorities late on Tuesday evening, the company owner did not appear to provide any solution,” he said.

“We have still not got our wages, and so we are still putting the tractor in front of the gate to block it.”

Yov Khemara, director of the provincial labour department, said he has talked with Ms Darareth, who promised she would pay the wages to the workers.

“It is difficult to find a solution when the owner of company is having an internal family dispute,” he said. “I plan on talking with her again.”

The majority of the workers are from Preah Sihanouk province, while the rest are from Kampong Cham, Kratie and Battambang provinces.

Yan Thy, secretary of the Building and Wood Workers Trade Union Federation of Cambodia, said construction workers often face bad working conditions.

“I get at least ten cases a month from construction workers who complain that their employer has not paid their wages,” he said.

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