Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Closed factory’s staff call for court warrant

Co-Seek garment factory workers protest outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday, calling for a halt to the sale of factory equipment until they receive severance pay. Photo supplied
Co-Seek garment factory workers protest outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday, calling for a halt to the sale of factory equipment until they receive back wages. Photo supplied

Closed factory’s staff call for court warrant

Some 50 representatives of 400 workers at the Co-Seek garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district protested in front of the municipal court yesterday seeking a warrant to prevent the shuttered factory’s property from being sold until their back wages are paid.

Lor Sopheak, a deputy president of the Cambodian Youth Power Union League, said workers had become concerned that the factory’s assets were being sold off after they saw some equipment being moved out in August, shortly before work ceased in early September.

“The court official told the workers that the court will issue a warrant after the court gets enough documents,” he said, adding that workers “always sleep [outside the factory] to protect the company’s property” from being sold.

Hon Seng Hon, one of the protesting workers, said workers still hadn’t been paid for August and that the sale of the company’s assets was the only way to finance their back pay.

“We are afraid that property was sold off without finding a solution for us, because up till now . . . our wage is not yet paid, and we are having difficulty finding other jobs immediately,” he said.

Sen Siha, another worker, said the factory had paid some workers their base wages, but not overtime or extra benefits.

Reached yesterday, factory administrator Loo Kokchhay would only acknowledge that “some workers had already been paid their wage, and some had not”.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Phnom Penh eats: Homegrown veggies at Bayon Beoung Snor

​Nestled along National Road 1, Bayon Beoung Snor is a farm-cum-restaurant. The team grows their own vegetables, which they then use to whip up traditional Khmer food.

Bill Clough reflects on The Phnom Penh Post's 25 year history

The Post's publisher Bill Clough, under whose leadership the publication went from a fortnightly to a daily one, discusses his investment in Cambodia, his vision for the paper in an increasingly digital age,

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking

Comfrel Executive Director Koul Panha speaks to the press at a meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh.

As the National Election Committee launched into the recount proc