More than 400 former employees of the abandoned DF Fashion Apparel (Cambodia) in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district will each receive between $500 and $600 in back pay owed to them today.
The owner of the building that rented to DF Fashion agreed to sell items in the factory, and use that money to pay workers, who suddenly found themselves jobless and without back pay, Fa Saly, president of the National Trade Union Confederation, said yesterday.
“More than $80,000 will be paid to 450 workers tomorrow, after the owner of DF Fashion Apparel factory fled late last month, without informing the workers or paying them,” Saly said yesterday.
Last month, the Israeli national who owns DF Fashion – known to employees only as “Mr Mer” – deserted the garment factory without paying his staff. If the company owner returns to Cambodia, the building’s owner will calculate how much he owes in rent and money paid to his employees, Saly said.
The promised payments come after the former employees held a protest at the shuttered factory last week, demanding that they receive money owed to them.