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Workers at Apsara TV to discuss late salaries with station owner

MORE than 100 Apsara TV employees are set to meet with station officials today in an attempt to resolve a dispute over unpaid salaries, station director Sok Eysan said Sunday.

Last month, about 200 workers threatened to strike on February 15 to demand salary payments they said had been withheld for more than two months by Solaris International, the French company that owns the station.

The strike never occurred, but staff members said Sunday that they had still not received their salaries.

Sok Eysan said he had reached an agreement with Solaris in which the workers would receive their salaries for January and February in four separate payments, adding that the company would then revert to its one-payment-per-month system for the month of March.

“I have the terms with the company to pay the salary to the staff, and I have prepared a calendar for the company to pay the salary to the staff,” Sok Eysan said.

“We have accepted the company’s promise, and on Monday I will explain to the staff about this so that they calm down about this problem,” he added.

In February, Syluom Dar, the director general of Solaris, discouraged the workers from striking, though she acknowledged that their payments had been late.

On Sunday, though, she said the salary issue had been resolved.

“It is a rumour to say we have a problem with each other, but I don’t care,” she said. “We will continue our contract until 2030.”

She added that she would not be able to attend the meeting on Monday because she had business engagements abroad.

An Apsara TV staff member, who spoke on condition of anonymity on Sunday, said he planned to attend the meeting Monday to see whether the situation would be resolved.

“I have worked at Apsara TV for three years, but I have never seen a problem like this. I don’t know what I and other staff will do if we still don’t receive our salaries,” he said.

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