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Factory name change fires up workers

Factory name change fires up workers

More than 5,000 workers went on strike in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district yesterday after discovering the owners had changed the name of their factory almost two years ago, a union representative said.

Concerned that the name change from Tai Yeng to Tai Nan in 2010 could affect the benefits they had accrued, the workers rallied outside the factory, in Bek Chan commune.

Chey Sovann, president of the Khmer Workers Power Federation of Unions, said the workers had heard the company had changed its name because it had gone bankrupt.

“The company still maintains the workers’ seniority and salary, but . . . the workers do not have their relevant seniority bonuses,” Chey Sovann said.

The factory still used Tai Yeng as a brand name, but used Tai Nan in documentation, he said.

The workers have also asked for a $10-a-month travel allowance and an accommodation allowance of $15 a month.

Ou Mechhour, administration manager at the Tai Yeng factory, could not be reached for comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tep Nimol at [email protected]

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