Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Union wins benefits for garment workers

Union wins benefits for garment workers

Hundreds of Asia Dragon garment workers strike outside the factory walls in Takeo province’s Bati district.
Hundreds of Asia Dragon garment workers strike outside the factory walls in Takeo province’s Bati district. PHA LINA

Union wins benefits for garment workers

Most demands made by workers at a Takeo province garment factory were met following a large protest and five hours of negotiation.

Asia Dragon (Garment) Co Ltd mediated with the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (C.CAWDU), making concessions on most of the workers’ 16 appeals, said Um Visal, C.CAWDU’s legal officer.

“They will go back to work tomorrow because most of the points which they demanded were accepted,” Visal said.

As a result of the negotiations — which took place as about 2,500 workers protested outside the Bati district factory — workers will not be forced to work overtime, will receive $9 per month for transportation and are eligible for a $10 bonus each month for perfect attendance, Visal said. Issues not resolved yesterday, including a lunch allowance, will go before the Arbitration Council, Visal added.

Less fortunate yesterday were employees at Orange Trading Co Ltd in Phnom Penh, who said their company refused to provide advances in workers’ pay before Sunday’s National Assembly election.

A 30-year-old worker at Orange Trading, who asked not to be identified, said company officials told more than 1,000 workers they would not receive the pay advances many required to pay travel expenses to vote in their home provinces.

“I cannot go to vote, because I don’t have money to afford the cost of travelling to vote at my hometown in Prey Veng province,” she said.

Although many are unhappy with the decision, no one dares complain about it, fearing they may lose their jobs, she said.

Orange Trading factory officials could not be reached for comment.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,

  • Cambodia's poverty cut in half from 2009 to 2019: World Bank report

    A report published by the World Bank on November 28 states that Cambodia’s national poverty rate fell by almost half between 2009 and 2019, but the Covid-19 pandemic recently reversed some of the poverty reduction progress. Cambodia’s poverty rate dropped from 33.8 to 17.8 per cent over the 10