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Cambodia: W&D factory reinstates sacked workers to end an ongoing labour dispute after PM's appeal

"Dispute ends as W&D factory rehires workers", 28 March 2019

The three-month industrial dispute involving W&D Cambodia Co Ltd appeared to be over … after the company agreed to reinstate more than 1,000 sacked workers…

“The company has decided to agree to reinstate all the workers with seniority maintained. All workers must return to work as usual at 7am from Friday and Saturday without fail."

“The company will not provide wages and benefits for the period of the strike, according to Article 332 of the Labour Law."

“All workers when returning to work must respect the assignment and comply with the internal regulations of the company,” said an announcement by Hsu Shun Feng, the CEO of W&D Cambodia ...

The resolution came after Prime Minister Hun Sen … appealed to the owners of W&D to reinstate the workers, claiming they were incited by some people to demonstrate…

Workers representative Kim San said they were happy with the resolution and the intervention of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

“We don’t have any objections. The important thing is to be reinstated, and we are not disappointed that they will not pay us for the duration of the strike. Now we are announcing the news so workers who have gone to their provinces can be informed and return to work,” he said.

Ath Thon, the president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (C.CAWDU), applauded the outcome…

Ath Thon said that setting only two days for workers to return to work on Friday and Saturday was very short notice and that some would not be able to return on time because they had left for other jobs in other areas…

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