Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Factory faulted: Hundreds strike over late pay

Factory faulted: Hundreds strike over late pay

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Workers gather outside Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence in Kandal province yesterday to protest against irregular monthly pay. Pha Lina

Factory faulted: Hundreds strike over late pay

Hundreds of garment workers in Kandal province staged a strike yesterday as another 400 of their co-workers protested in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Takhmao home.

“We cannot bear it anymore,” said garment worker San Sokhun, who said her employer, Korean-owned First Gawon Apparel, is chronically late on payments and often forces workers to work overtime. “So the protest broke out.”

Factory owner Mercedes Cha acknowledged the factory had had difficulties paying workers on time because of the “low efficiency” of workers. Last year, the factory lost a large buyer and had trouble finding orders, she said, and workers went on strike in May as well.

“We are trying to find some solution, how we can increase our efficiency,” Cha said.

Union leaders were critical.

“If the factory is not capable of running this factory, it should stop and sell it to other people in order to avoid causing difficulties for the workers who depend on the salary,” said Free Trade Union representative Yong Leap.

Provincial labour officials said the case will be forwarded to the Arbitration Council.

MOST VIEWED

  • NY sisters inspired by Khmer heritage

    Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Cambodian-American sisters Edo and Eyen Chorm have always felt a deep affinity for their Cambodian heritage and roots. When the pair launched their own EdoEyen namesake jewellery brand in June, 2020, they leaned heavily into designs inspired by ancient Khmer

  • Cambodia records first Omicron community case

    The Ministry of Health on January 9 reported 30 new Covid-19 cases, 29 of which were imported and all were confirmed to be the Omicron variant. The ministry also reported 11 recoveries and no new deaths. Earlier on January 9, the ministry also announced that it had detected the Kingdom's

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • PM eyes Myanmar peace troika

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has suggested that ASEAN member states establish a tripartite committee or diplomatic troika consisting of representatives from Cambodia, Brunei and Indonesia that would be tasked with mediating a ceasefire in Myanmar. The premier also requested that Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa

  • Kampot tourism quay ‘90% done’

    Construction on Kampot International Tourism Port – a 4ha quay in Teuk Chhou district about 6km west of Kampot town – has fallen off track, reaching 90 per cent completion, according to a senior Ministry of Tourism official last week. The project is now planned to be finished

  • Demining rat ‘hero’ Magawa dead at 8

    A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said on January 11. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000sqm of land – the equivalent of 42