Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Former garment workers petition ministry for severance pay




Former garment workers petition ministry for severance pay

A Ministry of Labour official receives a petition from garment factory representatives in Phnom Penh yesterday. Photo supplied
A Ministry of Labour official receives a petition from garment factory representatives in Phnom Penh yesterday. Photo supplied

Former garment workers petition ministry for severance pay

About 40 former Global Apparels Limited workers marched to the Ministry of Labour yesterday to submit a complaint requesting assistance in obtaining benefits they claim are owed to them under the Labour Law.

The complaint, signed by three unions – Collective Union of Movement of Workers, Cambodian Youth Power Union League and Labour Union of Cambodia – demands that the company pay severance pay and other benefits to more than 600 workers who were terminated on Thursday.

According to a company representative, who declined to give his name, the company offered a severance package equivalent to 5 per cent of the workers’ salary over the period of their contract, and about 300 accepted.

“Some people might not want to accept the 5 per cent,” he said. “They want more.” The company will close in October.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labour has set a time frame to establish next year’s minimum wage for the garment sector. Discussions are slated to begin in July, with the new wage going into effect next April, according to a press release.

MOST VIEWED

  • Vietnam: Tougher sentences for child abusers

    Several National Assembly (NA) deputies in Vietnam are calling for tougher penalties to be handed down to child abusers. They hope stricter punishments will act as a strong deterrent to prevent offenders committing further offences in the future. Extreme measures such as chemical castration were

  • Central bank to shun small US banknotes

    The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) is considering not accepting smaller denominated US dollar banknotes – $1, $2 and $5 – from banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) which it said are flooding its stockpile as the demand for those notes is low. While some banking insiders welcomed the move as

  • PM lauded in Covid-19 fight

    World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sent a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen thanking him for following the WHO’s guidance and commending Cambodia’s efforts in the fight against Covid-19. In his letter made public by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Workers return, hope for salaries

    More than 600 factory workers in the capital’s Chaom Chao commune in Por Sen Chey district returned to work after the factory’s owner promised to pay their salaries in instalments until the middle of next month. On Tuesday and Wednesday, more than 600 workers gathered

  • Women detained for forcing kids to beg

    Two women were sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday for forcing six children to beg for money for several months at the Chhouk Meas market in Krang Thnong commune in the capital’s Sen Sok district. Phnom Penh Department of Anti-human Trafficking and

  • Vietnamese tents baffle border guards

    Kandal and Takeo provincial authorities bordering Vietnam have expressed concern after witnessing irregularities by the Vietnamese authorities, including the deployment of soldiers to erect 114 camps just 30m from the border. Takeo provincial governor Ouch Phea told The Post on Thursday that Vietnamese soldiers had erected 83