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Strike ends after factory concessions

Striking workers at Kampong Speu province’s Hor Ling garment factory, where one staff member was allegedly struck with an electroshock weapon by a manager on Friday, will return to work today after bosses yesterday conceded to the majority of their demands.

About 200 workers have been striking since Saturday over poor working conditions at the factory and their Chinese boss’s alleged attack against 29-year-old former staff member Chouk Phally.

One of the workers, Kit Chenda, said the factory had agreed to 12 of the protesters’ 14 demands, including providing medical care and a canteen at the facility.

“The factory has already agreed, and they promised to improve the management so they are not pressuring workers or firing workers for no reason,” she said.

According to Chenda, the factory agreed to discuss unresolved points in June.

But the case of Phally, who says he fell unconscious after being shocked by one of the factory’s Chinese bosses, is being left to the local authorities, said Dam Chhun Hong, an administrative officer at the factory who attended yesterday’s negotiations.

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