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Striking footwear workers present grievances in Battambang

Garment workers protest outside the Aerosoft Summit Footwear factory in Battambang's Sampov Loun district yesterday. Photo supplied
Garment workers protest outside the Aerosoft Summit Footwear factory in Battambang's Sampov Loun district yesterday. Photo supplied

Striking footwear workers present grievances in Battambang

More than 300 workers from the Aerosoft Summit Footwear factory in Battambang’s Sampov Loun district gathered at Battambang city hall on Monday to seek intervention after an 11-day strike failed to lead to a resolution.

According to a letter submitted by the protesters to the provincial authorities, demands include that the company recognize those who have worked for the company for at least three months as permanent employees who should receive a travel allowance, health insurance and other basic benefits.

The letter also states that none of the workers had received the government’s monthly $7 allowance paid to all factory workers, nor travel or health allowances.

“Some of the workers work for nearly a year [but have] not qualified [for benefits],” said a worker who asked to remain anonymous.

Sum Rorng, president of the Union Federation for Worker Security, said that even though the provincial authorities agreed to meet, they did not yet have a resolution.

The local authorities were waiting to hear from the Ministry of Labor, explained Chea Sambath, governor of the Sampov Loun district. “We got your complaint. We are working to find a solution.”

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