Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - SH factory strikes show no sign of tapering off

SH factory strikes show no sign of tapering off

120425_05a
Workers protest for a $10 raise outside SH factory in Phnom Penh.

SH factory bosses in the capital’s Por Sen Chey district stood firm for a fifth day yesterday as they again refused to negotiate with more than 700 workers demanding better working conditions.

As workers maintained their low-key strike – one notable for its lack of banners, road blocks and flaming tyres – SH administration chief Un Sophoeun said the factory’s boss had again refused to consider their nine demands.

These include the sacking of two administration officials and two sewing line leaders.

The workers also want a $10 transportation allowance, a $10 bonus toward their rent, a $10 incentive bonus and for their basic salary to be increased to $70.

Un Sophoeun said the strike – set to continue today – had cost the company a lot of money, though he refused to reveal how much.

“The company has no intention of meeting with the union to settle this dispute,” he said.

“The Labour Ministry has already submitted this case to the Arbitration Council and is awaiting its decision.”

Lay Sokha, a workers’ representative and vice-president of the Free Trade Union at SH, said the workers tempers were flaring because they felt they were getting nowhere.

“The workers became angry yesterday when the company again did not negotiate with them,” she said. “They will keep protesting until the case is settled.”

Chea Mony, national president of FTU, said it would be discrimination if the factory, in Choam Chao commune, did not meet with workers to negotiate.

The employees’ request for a $10 transportation allowance, a $10 rental bonus and a food allowance for overtime work was “better than the law”, he said, adding that the company should compromise so the workers could return to work.

Va Yuvathana, director of the labour dispute office at the Ministry of Labour, said what the workers had demanded was “contrary to the law”.

The ministry had no power to resolve the dispute and had submitted the case to the Arbitration Council on Monday, he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tep Nimol at nimol.tep@phnompenhpost.com

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 speaks at a CNRP campaign rally today in Kratie province. Facebook

Opposition president Kem Sokha assured voters that all military members would maintain their rank should the CNRP take power in the 2018 national e

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