Protests after Chinese factory owner flees

Source: Khmer Times

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Workers from three factories protesting after their employer reportedly fled.

Nearly 1,000 workers from three factories in Por Senchey district’s Choam Chao commune on Thursday staged protests after they discovered their employer had fled.

The three factories run by one Chinese employer are Yu Fa Garment Industry, Yu Da Garment Industry and S.R.E Garment Co, Ltd in Por Senchey district.

Pich Malen, a worker at the Yu Da Garment Industry factory, said the workers started to protest on Thursday night after they saw some of factory’s property had been sold.

She said the workers will protest until they find a solution. She added that from the end of January, the factory only allowed the workers to be temporarily employed and they were given 50 percent of their wages, but the workers are now wondering why some property in the factory has been sold.

“They allowed us to have a rest for a few days with getting a wage, but in fact, the employer escaped. The workers came out to protest since last night,” she said.

Now authorities are negotiating with the workers to find a solution.

According to the annual report by the Phnom Penh Municipality, there were 1,760 protests and demonstrations in 2017, and of that number 966 protests and demonstrations were by garment workers and unions.

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