Cambodia: Garment factory representatives and workers meet to find a solution to ongoing strike and protests of workers for better working conditions

Author: Davin Sen, Khmer Times, Published on: 10 February 2019

"Factory, workers start strike negotiations", 8 February 2019

The management of Crystal Martin (Cambodia) in Kandal province ... and worker representatives ... started negotiations to find a solution after 4,000 workers went on strike four times to demand better working conditions.

The workers are demanding that the company pay the first instalment of their wages on the 17th of each month and the remainder on the 5th of the following month.

They also do not want the company to demand higher productivity beyond their abilities and have asked for a full day for sick leave. The workers have also asked the company not to cut the wages of those who protested...

Seang Rithy, Cambodia Solidarity Union Federation president, ... said the company currently pays workers on the 19th of each month and on the 7th of the following month...

Mao Samoun, a worker, ... said that although the company did not agree with all of their demands, the workers agreed to resume work following a court order.

“The court ordered that all workers must come back to work on February 7 and the workers are afraid of losing their jobs,” he said. “But the workers still want the company to agree to their other demands.”...

During ... negotiations, the company said it would pay double wages to those who did not strike and worked ...

“The company suggests that workers accept the results of the agreement and will not be responsible for the consequences if workers do not resume work on February 7,” it said ...

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Related companies: Crystal Martin (Cambodia)