Cambodia: Nearly 200 garment workers resign after failing to reach an agreement with employers over working conditions

Author: Livsier Ly, Khmer Times, Published on: 1 August 2019

"Hundreds conduct factory walkout over working conditions", 1 August 2019

Nearly 200 garment factory workers resigned ... after their representatives failed to reach an agreement with employers over workers’ rights...

According to a statement from the workers ..., Xin Jia Da Fashion in Por Senchey district employed about three hundred people.

They said the factory owner violated 12 points stipulated by the Labour Law, including by forcing pregnant women to wear trousers during working hours and failing to adequately compensate overtime...

Va Sreyleak, a representative, ... said Labour Ministry officials took part in the negotiation process, but their presence yielded no results.

“Workers demanded the company address the demands, but this was rejected by the owner,” Ms Sreyleak said.

... “The company always forced us to work overtime, we couldn’t refuse and they would never pay us for overtime,” she added. “They paid us 1,000 riels [$0.25] per hour, and this was not enough to support ourselves and our families, so we demanded a 500 riel increase per hour, but they refused.”

Representatives of Xin Jia Da Fashion could not be reached for comment...

Mom Seak, president of the Khmer Union Federation of Workers Spirit, ... said workers should report all unfavourable working conditions to government officials, adding that it’s compulsory to provide better conditions to pregnant women...

Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour could not be reached for comment...

Moeun Tola, executive director of the Centre for Alliance of Labour and Human Rights, ... said the Labour Ministry must take action against any party found guilty of violating Labour Laws...

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