Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Owner gone, factory workers fight on for wages

Owner gone, factory workers fight on for wages

Garment workers from Co-Seek factory protest outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday morning, demanding their unpaid wages.
Garment workers from Co-Seek factory protest outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday morning, demanding their unpaid wages. Hong Menea

Owner gone, factory workers fight on for wages

More than 50 workers from Phnom Penh’s Co-Seek garment factory protested outside the municipal court yesterday demanding overdue back wages after the establishment’s owner disappeared in August.

The workers said about half of the 200 workers had been paid a portion of their wages by the factory’s landlord, who hoped to end the stalemate and find a new tenant. But about 95 workers have received nothing, they added.

Khuon Nary, a worker at the factory, said she had received only $140, one month at the national minimum wage, and received no severance or overtime.

“The building owner wants to give us $140, but we want wages owed to us – around $250 to $300,” she said.

Workers want the court, which had already frozen the factory’s assets, to issue another order to auction off its machinery, said Lor Sopheak, deputy president of the Cambodian Youth Power Union League.

Factory administrator Lok Kokchhay said that there was still no trace of the factory owner and confirmed that the landlord was paying workers.

MOST VIEWED

  • With herd immunity likely in 2022, is Cambodia ready to reopen for tourism?

    The government aims to inoculate 80 per cent of the target population by June next year, giving it a head start among regional peers to reboot the sector but first, it has to do a few things to up its game A sign on a glass

  • US wants 'full access' to Ream Naval Base

    On June 11, the US embassy's Defense Attaché Colonel Marcus M Ferrara visited Ream Nava Base in coordination with Cambodian officials following the recent approval of Prime minister Hun Sen to allay the concerns on Chinese military presence at the base as raised by US Deputy

  • US embassy guard gets Covid despite two doses of Pfizer jab

    The Covid-19 tracking commission on June 4 said a security guard at the US embassy in Phnom Penh had contracted the novel coronavirus, despite having received a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot two weeks ago. Embassy spokesperson Chad Roedemeier confirmed the SARS-CoV-2 infection to The

  • Kingdom set to be a gold producer

    Cambodia will soon join the roster of gold producing countries after the government announced the commencement of commercial gold mining operations in the Okvau area in southwestern Mondulkiri province's Keo Seima district from June 21. Prime Minister Hun Sen on June 10 announced that after 14 years of

  • School reopening can’t wait

    With the Covid-19 pandemic now well into its second year, safely reopening schools has become an urgent priority. School attendance is critical for children’s education and lifetime prospects. The long-term costs of closures – both for individual children and society – are simply too large to

  • PM: Herd immunity possible by November

    Within the next few days Cambodia, will have vaccinated three million people towards its target of 10 million, according to Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine. The speedy vaccination campaign has been given the slogan “Cambodia: A small country with a big heart when it comes