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Textile dispute suspended

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Garment workers from Nugget Textile (Pte) Ltd protest outside the factory yesterday in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district.

About 300 garment workers from Nugget Textile factory in the capital’s Meanchey district halted their protest and planned to return to work this morning after agreeing with their employer to seek a resolution to their dispute at the Arbitration Council.

Protestor Buth Phally, 27, said that workers would await the Arbitration Council’s decision.

“We agreed to stop [protesting], but we will probably demonstrate again if our demands are not met,” she said.

Sreang Narith, vice-president of the Cambodian Workers of Economic Union Federation, said yesterday that workers had requested the factory pay a transportation fee, build a daycare centre and allow pregnant women to leave work 15 minutes early.

They also sought the removal of staff they claimed were “rude” to them, she added.

Workers claimed that the factory provides only senior employees with transportation fees.

Dut Socheata, administration chief at Nugget Textile, asked protestors to identify “rude” staff and said that transport costs were covered for workers employed prior to October 2009 because at the time conditions they travelled in were “difficult”.

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