Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Government loan pays off employees

Government loan pays off employees

Government loan pays off employees

Workers at the shuttered Yung Wah I and II garment factories have been paid 95 per cent of outstanding wages and benefits, workers and unionists said yesterday, while stranded Kingsland Garment workers kept waiting for money owed to them.

Kandal deputy governor Phau Bun Chhoeun claimed on Tuesday that more than 7,000 workers at the Tahkmao town factories would be paid a combined $6.5 million – money secured, he said, through a loan from the national budget.

“Don’t worry about corruption because... the Ministry of Economics and Finance calculated it all before sending us the money,” he said the next day.

“Everything has gone smoothly and we will complete our work tomorrow,” he added yesterday.

Worker representative Sok Phalla said on Wednesday that some administrative employees had received up to $20,000.

Choem Khieng, a legal officer at the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Unions, also said 95 per cent of workers had been paid.

Yung Wah I and II factories – where two Malayan sun bears were found locked in cages last Thursday – closed unannounced in late December, owing workers millions.

Dave Welsh, American Center for International Labor Solidarity country manager, said he was sceptical of Chhouen’s figure.

“We’ve heard figures from $90,000 all the way up to $6.5 million, which seems unbelievable,” he said.

“But, from a policy perspective, this issue does show that other actors can be involved in paying workers in situations like this.”

That’s yet to happen at the capital’s Kingsland garment factory, which also closed down in late December.

More than 90 workers from Kingsland – which had been a supplier to Walmart and H&M – travelled to the local H&M office to call for intervention yesterday.

Their representative, Oun Bouy, said he did not understand why the government had paid workers at Yung Wah and not them.

 

To contact the reporters on this story: Mom Kunthear at [email protected]
 

Shane Worrell 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