Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Factory walkout prompted by pay row

Factory walkout prompted by pay row

Garment workers gather at the gates of Soo Apparel Cambodia yesterday in Meanchey district yesterday to demand the payment of a 5 per cent bonus. Photo supplied
Garment workers gather at the gates of Soo Apparel Cambodia yesterday in Meanchey district yesterday to demand the payment of a 5 per cent bonus. Photo supplied

Factory walkout prompted by pay row

Four hundred workers staged a walkout yesterday at the Soo Apparel Cambodia factory in Phnom Penh’s Stung Meanchey district after being denied a 5 percent bonus promised in their contracts.

The workers, who have not received the bonus since August, left the factory floor an hour into their shift yesterday and began to protest outside. Workers on three-month work contracts had been promised a 5 percent bonus payout at the conclusion of the three months, to be paid before renewal of the contract.

“Some workers finished their contracts in August, and for the past three months, they have not received it,” said Thong Soeun, a unionist with the Khmer Union Federation of Workers Spirit.

He said the amount of work had also reduced in the past three months, leading to concerns among the workers that the factory would be shuttered.

Factory worker Dy Na said the management had consistently paid the bonus over the last year, but only stopped doing so in August. “We all agreed to come out and protest because we have no hope the factory will pay us if we keep silent,” she said, adding that if the matter wasn’t resolved they would continue to protest.

Factory management could not be reached for comment.

MOST VIEWED

  • South Korea’s first lady brings hope to ill boy

    South Korea’s first lady Kim Keon-hee – wife of current president of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol – met with a 14-year-boy with congenital heart disease during her trip to the Kingdom for the ASEAN Summit. After their meeting it was announced that the

  • Hun Sen gets Covid, shuns G20, APEC summits

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said he has tested positive for Covid-19 in Indonesia, where he is slated to attend the G20 summit in his capacity of the ASEAN chair. In a social media post addressing the Cambodian public, he said: “Before leaving Cambodia, I always

  • Moody’s sets outlook rating to ‘negative’ for Cambodia

    US global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service Inc on November 15 announced that it downgraded Cambodia’s outlook from “stable” to “negative” and maintained its B2 local and foreign currency issuer ratings. “The negative outlook reflects a deteriorating external position as illustrated by the severe

  • Korean first lady paves way for ill boy’s surgery

    A 14-year-old boy with congenital heart disease who was lucky enough to meet with South Korean first lady Kim Keon-hee may get the chance of a lifetime and receive surgery and treatment at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. After seeing his plight, many

  • Hun Sen’s Covid infection caused by ‘weakened antibody’ after summit

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said exhaustion from heavy workload before and during the recent ASEAN Summit may have led to him contracting Covid-19 due to his weakened immune system, while rejecting speculations that the infection was caused by leaders of some countries who did not

  • Kingdom’s rice crowned world’s No1

    Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine variety has been crowned the World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at the TRT (The Rice Trader) World Rice Conference in Phuket, Thailand on November 17, according to leaders of the Kingdom’s apex rice industry body. Phka Rumduol