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Construction workers strike over conditions

Some 200 workers from the Nuri construction company working at a Hongkong Land building site in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district protested for better conditions yesterday.

Sou Chhlonh, an officer with the Building and Wood Workers Trade Union Federation of Cambodia, said the workers felt they were being exploited, and had made eight demands, including set working hours from 7am to 5pm, the removal of two staffers, a two-hour lunch break and higher pay.

Worker representative Chin Sopheak said that the company overworked its employees “without thinking of workers’ wellbeing”. Company official Chhin Chanthy could not be reached yesterday.

Chhlonh, the union rep, said that the company had agreed to address the workers’ eight demands, but workers will now “look at whether the company obeys them or not”.

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