Workers at the Yung Wah Industrial garment factory complex ended their two-day blockage of Takhmao town’s road 21B yesterday after government officials promised to pay their overdue salaries today, but they continued to demonstrate in front of the factory to demand other benefits.
The provincial committee tasked with resolving the dispute had inspected the factory’s equipment and decided to sell it to pay the workers’ salaries, said Um Visal, labour dispute resolution officer at the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (C.CAWDU) and a member of the inspection committee.
“We found that about 50 per cent of the factory’s equipment was gone because the employers took it out before the workers were aware that they had fled [to Singapore],” he said.
Workers’ representative Sok Phalla said the workers had agreed to stop blocking the road in return for their salaries because they needed the money to support their families and pay for rent and transport, but they were still not satisfied and would demonstrate again today for other severance benefits.
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