Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Office workers vow to continue protests

Office workers vow to continue protests

A representative from Kuwahara holds a list of demands yesterday during a protest at the Cambodiana Hotel in Phnom Penh.
A representative from Kuwahara holds a list of demands yesterday during a protest at the Cambodiana Hotel in Phnom Penh. Hong Menea

Office workers vow to continue protests

More than 150 office workers from a Japanese quality-control company protested outside their office at the Cambodiana Hotel in Phnom Penh yesterday and threatened to continue if the company refused to negotiate.

Staff representative Sin Sambo said the workers were demanding that Kuwahara (Cambodia) provide pay for 18 vacation days during which they were forced to work, reinstate a $10 monthly bonus, end anti-union discrimination and remove administration chief Young Sovanara, whom the employees accuse of masterminding anti-union activity.

“We want the company to chase out the administration chief because his work is biased and he does not defend staff,” said Sambo.

“This company discriminates against unions,” he added.

The workers, who have held periodic protests since last September, said that they would protest in front of their office and the Ministry of Labour this morning if the company refused to meet with them to negotiate.

Son Prak, general secretary of the Worker’s Union Federation, said Kuwahara had failed to make good on past promises to find a solution.

“We had meetings before with the company, but they did not implement what they promised, that’s why we’ve come to protest,” he said.

Kuwahara’s management could not be reached for comment yesterday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Ice cream, noodles flagged over carcinogen

    The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) has identified three types of instant noodles and ice cream trademarks originating from Thailand, Vietnam and France that are suspected to contain ethylene oxide, which poses a cancer risk to consumers. The general department has

  • Exclusive interview with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU

    CAMBODIA is hosting the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings this week with top officials from the US, China, and Russia and other countries in the region slated to attend and to meet with face-to-face with their counterparts on the sidelines. In

  • Rise in Thai air routes to Siem Reap fuels travel hopes

    Local tourism industry players are eager for regional airline Bangkok Airways Pcl’s resumption of direct flight services between the Thai capital and Siem Reap town on August 1 – home of Cambodia’s awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park – which is expected to boost the growth rate of

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker

  • Recap of this year’s ASEAN FM meet and look ahead

    This year’s edition of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) hosted by Cambodia comes against the backdrop of heightened global tensions and increasing rivalry between major powers that have been compared to the animosity of the Cold War era. The following is The Post’