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Striking workers face dismissal from factory

Workers at a Kampong Chhnang garment factory who remain on strike today will be fired, management said yesterday, as strikers delivered a petition to the Labour Ministry.

The roughly 100 employees of Jiun Ye Garment factory who made the trip to Phnom Penh arrived on trucks and tuk-tuks. The action came in spite of a court order on Wednesday that workers, who have been on strike for about three weeks, return within 48 hours.

“We cannot wait for our employer to negotiate with us anymore,” said Yin Chinreoun, a representative of the workers, who are seeking several concessions including a $15-per-month attendance bonus.

But Jiun Ye administrative manager Nget Resmey said factory officials have sat down with an employee representative three times, only to have the employee side walk out.

Resmey added that the Arbitration Council would drop Jiun Ye employees’ case if they do not attend work today.

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