Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Labour Ministry’s factory math questioned by unions

Garment employees hold placards outside the Chung Fai garment factory during a protest in Phnom Penh's Meanchey district earlier this month. Photo supplied
Garment employees hold placards outside the Chung Fai garment factory during a protest in Phnom Penh's Meanchey district earlier this month. Photo supplied

Labour Ministry’s factory math questioned by unions

Labour Minister Ith Samheng yesterday alluded to concerns surrounding a recent rash of factory closings, which he said had led to many workers losing their jobs.

While factory statistics for 2016, released on his Facebook page, showed 20 new garment and footwear factories opening and only one closure, he admitted the ministry was looking into workers’ concerns over a recent spate of factories closing down.

“Some enterprises closed their factories and escaped in contravention of the law, which could affect the workers’ livelihoods,” he said in the post.

While the ministry figures reflected just one garment factory closure in the first seven months of the year, the Post has reported on at least four that have shuttered. Ministry spokesman Heng Sour could not be reached yesterday to clarify that discrepancy.

Free Trade Union deputy president Man Seng Hak said unions were surprised to see the minister’s post, given the multiple closures, which include Great Honour Textile Factory in Kandal province and the Juan Shi and Chung Fai Knitwear factories in the capital.

“We are wondering how the report had only one garment factory closure,” he said. “It is difficult for the workers when they lose their job, back pay and severance.”

Far Saly, president of National Trade Union Coalition (NTUC), yesterday put the number even higher, saying at least 10 factories had closed this year.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Bodies of Cambodian peacekeepers returned to Kingdom

The bodies of four Cambodian peacekeepers killed by a Christian militia in Central African Republic were repatriated to the Kingdom and honoured in an airport ceremony on May 21.

Phnom Penh eats: Ptas Nak Battambang

As the name suggests, Ptsa Nak Battambang – which in English means Battambang's house – is the right place for those who want to try some of the province's typical dishes in Phnom Penh.

Opposition leader Kem Sokha greets supporters during a CNRP campaign rally yesterday in Prey Veng province. FACEBOOK

A new section of road will be built on Phnom Penh’s Koh Dach if the Cambodian People’s Party wins the island commune at Sunday’s elections, an offi

Political analyst Kim Sok who is seen being escorted into a police van after his bail was denied in March at the Appeals Court in Phnom Penh, announced that he will go on hunger strike in Prey Say prison from today until the June 4 commune elections.

Imprisoned political analyst and social commentator