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Back pay sought after Preah Sihanouk plant closes

Factory workers talk with provincial authorities during a meeting in Sihanoukville yesterday. Photo supplied
Factory workers talk with provincial authorities during a meeting in Sihanoukville yesterday. Photo supplied

Back pay sought after Preah Sihanouk plant closes

One hundred former Galey Global garment factory workers paid a visit to the Preah Sihanouk provincial governor yesterday and the day before to seek his help in getting compensation owed to them by the company, which closed last month without paying them.

An Rama, a union official with the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union in Sihanoukville, said the employer, Galey Global – an American company which supplies the clothing brand Haggar to the US and Canada – in April announced it would close its doors.

When the company closed due to lack of export orders, it failed to pay its 900 workers their last paycheck, Rama said. The estimated monthly salary for the employees ranges from $100 to $300, he said.

“The 900 workers want to get their last salary,” he said.

Yoy Khemara, director of the Sihanoukville labour department, said during the meeting with Governor Yun Min it was decided that items from the closed factory will be sold and each worker will get $71, as part of the first step towards resolving the issue.

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