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Cambodia: PM appeals to W&D garment factory to reinstate fired workers to show mutual understanding after ongoing protests

Author: Davin Sen, Khmer Times, Published on: 26 March 2019

"PM supports fired W&D garment factory workers", 26 March 2019

Prime Minister Hun Sen ... appealed to the owners of W&D Garment Company to allow more than 1,000 garment factory workers to return to work after they were fired for holding a strike ...

Mr Hun Sen ... said that he has spoken with Labour Minister Ith Samheng to facilitate their return to the company’s factory.

“I appeal to W&D to allow the workers to return to work because they are no longer demanding for seniority indemnity, they are demanding to return to work,” he said. “All sides must understand each other. Workers must not make excessive demands and hold strikes.”...

Saing Chanry, a garment worker, ... said 1,127 garment factory workers who used to work for W&D agreed with Mr Hun Sen’s appeal.

“We hope that the Prime Minister’s appeal can help finish this labour dispute soon,” Ms Chanry said. “His speech gave us hope about returning to work.”

“We have been negotiating with the Labour Ministry and the company, but the company refuses to allow us to return,” she added. “They accused us of [failing to comply] with a court order.”...

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Related companies: W & D (Cambodia)