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Workers due to end walk-out

Some 300 garment workers were due to end their strike today following three days of protest and negotiations with GIN-SOVAN Fashion Cambodia Limited factory management.

The workers were protesting the dismissal of 23 colleagues as well as demanding improved working conditions at the Chinese-owned factory, located in Phnom Penh’s Thmey commune in Sen Sok district.

After negotiations yesterday, the company agreed to give the sacked workers $30 in severance.

“We agreed to take the money and quit since we will be unemployed anyway,” one of the fired workers said.

Yi Saruon, a union official, said the workers had 20 demands, of which 10 were met.

They included respecting labour laws, reducing food costs and not insulting workers.

“The negotiation was fruitful and it resulted in 10 good points, so the workers decided to work” he said.

Another worker claimed the protest ended, in part, because the company cut $3 from each worker’s pay for striking.

Company representative Chang Pai Huei Chu could not be reached for comment.

The company, which employs about 600, was formerly known as Camitex Cambodia MDC Co.

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