Protesting workers block National Road 4

Source : Khmer Times

Workers block the road to demand missing wages. Photo: Fresh News

The Ministry of Labour has promised to pay Ghim Li factory workers in Por Senchey district after they again protested yesterday and blocked National Road 4 over missing wages.

More than 500 of 2,500 garment workers at the factory protested along the road yesterday to demand wages that were not paid following the closure of the factory.

Prak Chanthoeun, chief of the ministry’s Committee for the Settlement of Strikes and Demonstrations, said that Labour Minister Ith Samheng is working on the case to get the workers their wages.

“Please all workers keep quiet, and wait to get paid cash from the government soon,” he said.

Chey Sopha, a former Ghim Li employee, said workers have protested many times without any solution.

Last week, the workers attempted to march to the National Assembly, but were blocked by authorities, after which officials said the Arbitration Council would soon settle the dispute.

Mr Sopha said the factory closed and opened a new one under the name GG Fashion, but the workers were not paid missing wages despite being transferred to the new factory.

“We must block the road to demand the company and ministry to find a solution for us because the workers did not get paid for two months,” he said.

Ministry of Labour spokesman Heng Sour said ministry officials are working on the case.

“We have officials working on it and they told the workers to not block the road and resume negotiations with the company,” Mr Sour said.

After authorities met the protesters on the road yesterday, the workers agreed to cease their protest and open the road – about five hours after initially blocking it.

Yim Saran, police chief of Por Senchey district, said negotiations to open the road went smoothly.

“They agreed to open the road and not affect the public,” he said.

Last month, Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the government spent $22 million on missing wages for the factory workers.

Mr Hun Sen said that the government has also forced factory owners to pay indemnity in order to avoid problems should they flee.

 

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