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13 Mai 2020

Davin Sen, Khmer Times

Cambodia: Over 600 garment workers protest to demand their unpaid wages

"Garment workers protest unpaid April wages", 12 May 2020

More than 600 workers of the SEPIA garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Porsenchey district ... staged a protest in front of the factory premises to demand their unpaid wages.

Sok Kha, one of the workers, said they had not received their wages ... He added the protest was organised after the company, which promised to pay their wages on Saturday, failed to deliver.

“Since the start of 2020, our wages have always been delayed and for the April wages, the company failed to pay us,” he said, adding the unpaid wages have only made it more difficult for them to pay their rent. “We are also demanding for the partial pay [$30] which we is due to us after the company suspended its operations.”...

“All 600 workers did not get their wages for 17 days of work in April. We call on the company to pay its workers regularly and on time,” she said.

Far Saly, president of the National Trade Unions Coalitions, said workers have been increasingly concerned with the massive layoffs and furloughs amid the pandemic.

“The union is concerned with how the government can help the affected workers as more lose their job in the wake of the coronavirus,” said Mr Saly...