Hun­dreds strike over late pay

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL -

HUN­DREDS of gar­ment work­ers in Kan­dal prov­ince staged a strike yes­ter­day as an­other 400 of their co-work­ers protested in front of Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen’s Takhmao home.

“We can­not bear it any­more,” said gar­ment worker San Sokhun, who said her em­ployer, Korean-owned First Ga­won Ap­parel, is chron­i­cally late on pay­ments and of­ten forces work­ers to work over­time. “So the protest broke out.”

Fac­tory owner Mercedes Cha ac­knowl­edged the fac­tory had had dif­fi­cul­ties pay­ing work­ers on time be­cause of the “low ef­fi­ciency” of work­ers. Last year, the fac­tory lost a large buyer and had trou­ble find­ing or­ders, she said, and work­ers went on strike in May as well.

“We are try­ing to find some so­lu­tion, how we can in­crease our ef­fi­ciency,” Cha said. Union lead­ers were crit­i­cal. “If the fac­tory is not ca­pa­ble of run­ning this fac­tory, it should stop and sell it to other peo­ple in or­der to avoid caus­ing dif­fi­cul­ties for the work­ers who de­pend on the salary,” said Free Trade Union rep­re­sen­ta­tive Yong Leap.

Pro­vin­cial labour of­fi­cials said the case will be for­warded to the Arbitration Coun­cil.

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