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Factory uproar: FTU writes to ministry after ‘forced overtime’

Factory uproar: FTU writes to ministry after ‘forced overtime’

Workers from the M&V factory in Kampong Chhnang were forced to work overtime on International Women’s Day, according to a letter sent by the Free Trade Union president to the Ministry of Labour yesterday.

Chea Mony addressed the letter to labour minister Vong Sauth, saying the FTU had received a complaint from staff in M&V’s IT department on Monday requesting an intervention.

“On March 8, International Women’s Day, the director of the M&V factory in Kampong Chhnang province forced the workers to work overtime without them volunteering to do so,” the letter states.

“If the workers did not work overtime for two hours, they were forced to thumbprint a statement that promised they would quit if they did not work on future public holidays.” 

In the letter, Chea Mony asked the minister to ensure that M&V’s director complied with labour laws.

M&V administrative manager Yin Nak said it was within Chea Mony’s rights to send the letter, but the company had never forced workers to work overtime.

“It is up to the workers whether or not to work overtime,” he said.

Vong Sauth could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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