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Lawmaker raises plight of labourer in S Korea

Lawmaker raises plight of labourer in S Korea

A CNRP lawmaker is urging the Ministry of Labour to intervene and help a Cambodian migrant worker who has yet to receive compensation after suffering from a work-related injury.

The woman, Kong Dalin, had been working for a year on a tomato plantation owned by Yeong Nong enterprise in South Korea’s Gwangju province when she got into an accident in a company-owned vehicle on December 3 and broke her leg.

“Until now, I cannot walk and work,” she said. “I am still in the house with an injury … and the company has not paid any compensation or hospital fees for me.”

CNRP’s Ky Van Dara sent a letter to the National Assembly on Sunday following a visit to Kampong Chhnang province, where the female migrant worker’s father mentioned his daughter’s situation.

“She was injured and broke her leg during work hours but she told her father that the company said they were not responsible for it,” Van Dara said.

Dalin’s father Yong Kim San, 52 said that he was gravely worried about his daughter’s welfare given that her Korean employers have neglected to extend any help or offer compensation.

“She called me crying and asked me to help,” Kim San said. “That’s why I asked the CNRP lawmaker to file a complaint and intervene.”

According to an Amnesty International report released earlier this year, migrant workers in South Korea can earn up to 10 times what they would receive in Cambodia. In exchange for the monetary boost, many workers face violent employers, long working hours, no paid leave and squalid living conditions.

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