Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - After brawl, workers can go

After brawl, workers can go

After brawl, workers can go

Cambodian workers seeking to leave a seafood factory in Thailand following a lethal brawl with counterparts from Myanmar were given their passports and salaries on Monday, a representative said.

Phon Jam said 800 Cambodian workers at the Siam International Food Co Ltd factory in Songkhla province were paid their salaries and savings, which for about half of them was enough to afford the trip home.

“They will go back to their homeland because they are afraid of fighting with the Burmese and they want to wait for a suitable time,” he said.

While longtime workers had received payouts totalling as much as 30,000 to 40,000 baht (US$950 to $1,267), enabling them to leave, 400 others had received much smaller sums leaving them stranded in Thailand, Phon Jan said.

About 200 of those workers had been moved to a nearby factory and began work yesterday, with the remaining 200 due to start working at the new location today, he added.

Cambodian Sar Seiha, 19, from Prey Veng province, and a Burmese man were reportedly killed during the clash between workers from Cambodia and Myanmar last Monday.

After the incident Cambodian workers refused to return to work.

The director of International Food’s Songkhla factory, Wattichai Wattathan, declined to comment, referring questions to Cambodian Ambassador You Ay, who did not respond to inquiries by press time.

You Ay said on Tuesday that she had visited the factory on Saturday and that the antagonism between the Cambodian and Myanmar workers was very difficult to solve, before declining to comment further.

One of Siam International Food’s buyers is Bumble Bee Foods LLC in the US, which buys canned, unfrozen tuna, according to data from the online shipping monitor website ImportGenius.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sen David at [email protected]

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all