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30 Jun 2020

Davin Sen, Khmer Times

Cambodia: Over 50 garment workers protest over unpaid wages after factory owners have fled

"Seeking redress: More than 50 workers protest over unpaid dues at ministry", 30 June 2020

More than 50 workers of New Best Global Textile Co Ltd in Kampong Speu ... staged a protest in front of the Labour Ministry over wages and compensation owed after their employer fled three months ago.

Nget Nak, a garment worker, said the factory in Samraong Tong district has 763 workers and the employer fled ... without paying compensation.

She said ..., the factory announced it was suspending operations for one month but when the workers returned for work ..., the employer had fled...

“We waited for a solution at the provincial level for three months and have heard nothing,” she said. “That is why we have travelled from Kampong Speu to Phnom Penh to seek help from the ministry because we are finding it hard to make ends meet.”...

“We are trying to find another job but at this time, some factories are suspended or shut down,” she said. “So we hope to get our last wages and compensation to pay debts, rentals and other living expenses.”

Prum Tola, another worker, said they have waited a long time for a solution from the company...

“The ministry officials accepted our petition and told us to wait for a solution,” Ms Tola said. “The ministry said it is treating the case as urgent.”

... Provincial labour department chief Choek Borin said ... the owner of the building which the company had rented had offered to sell factory equipment left behind and use the money to pay the workers...