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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.

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