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Factory victim’s widow accepts company offer

The widow of Rim Roeun, the man crushed to death last week in a ceiling collapse at Wing Star Shoes factory, yesterday accepted an additional $9,000 compensation from the company and thumb-printed a document promising not to make a legal bid for more, she said.

Nuon Chhorvy, 21, who gave birth little more than a month ago, told the Post she does not have the time or money to fight the Kampong Speu factory, a supplier to Japanese footwear giant Asics.

“We decided to accept the $15,500, which includes the $6,500 they have paid us for a funeral,” she said. “We’ve now finished our problems with Wing Star because we don’t want to go to court and waste our time and money.”

But Rim Rorn, 29, Roeun’s uncle, said he was furious the family had accepted the amount.

“I detest this, but . . . we are poor, so they had to accept this or they might have got nothing.”

Rorn said Chhorvy had discovered she actually did have a marriage certificate, which ensured she would also receive compensation from the National Social Security Fund.

Roeun, and Kim Dany, 15, died last Thursday when an illegally built storage level collapsed. Dany’s father, Korn Vet, 44, said factory staff had been trying to settle compensation, but his family had been busy with Dany’s funeral.

“I want $20,000,” he said.

Dave Welsh, American Center for International Labor Solidarity country manager, said one family had expressed a degree of fear in dealing with the factory.

“We’re happy to battle on their behalf . . . It’s absurd to think they could feel at risk for pushing for more compensation,” he said.

Chea Sothavirith, director of administration at Wing Star, confirmed Chhorvy had accepted $9,000.

“And we will contact [Dany’s] family this evening. I hope her family won’t demand [compensation], we can’t afford it,” he said.

Sothavirith also revealed that a storage level like the one that collapsed remains standing, but no workers are stationed inside that building.

“We will remove it as soon as possible,” he said.



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