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Angkor art workers down tools

More than 300 workers of Siem Reap’s handicraft workshop, Artisans d’Angkor, went on strike Wednesday for better working conditions.

“We would like the company to offer regular work hours, give workers regular monthly salaries, provide daily pay to workers regardless of whether the company needs work,” Handicraft Workers Trade Union vice-president Tep Chouy told the Post yesterday.

He added that regular work hours are the biggest priority.

Artisans d’Angkor, which lauds itself for “improving the lives of thousands of people living in rural areas”, pays workers based on the quality of their work, Chouy said.

Siem Reap District Governor Tep Bun Chhay said the company and workers will meet to discuss the matter next Wednesday, adding that he has offered suggestions toward a resolution.

In the meantime: “We ordered the company to allow workers to work as normal,” he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Thik Kaliyann at newsroom@phnompenhpost.com

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