Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Workers seek pay after owner shutters factory

Workers seek pay after owner shutters factory

Workers seek pay after owner shutters factory

Some 300 garment workers from Kbal Koh Garment factory in Chbar Ampov district in Phnom Penh, whose owner unexpectedly shut the factory in January last year, protested again outside the Ministry of Labour on Tuesday to seek compensation.

Workers’ representative Oul Vanna said about 700 of them remained unpaid. “We are demanding severance pay . . . and other benefits according to the law,” she said. They are also demanding their last month’s pay and seniority bonuses.

Suon Sreymet, 35, worked for the factory 12 years before it closed down. She earned a basic pay of $190 per month, supplemented with overtime wages.

She said she and her husband burned through their savings while waiting for Sreymet’s severance package.

“It is very hard as we have four children. I didn’t have money to school them,” she said. Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour said the case is being reviewed.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM Hun Sen says dangers averted

    Delivering a campaign speech from his home via Facebook Live on Thursday, caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen said his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had carried the country through danger in its latest mandate. He was specifically referring to the threat of a “colour revolution”

  • Bumpy road for local ride apps

    Ride-hailing services seem to have grown into a dominant player in the capital’s transportation sector. Relatively unknown and little used in the Kingdom at the beginning of this year, services like PassApp, Grab and ExNet are now commonplace on Phnom Penh streets. However, the

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Actress’s NGO takes heat for promoting the ruling party

    An actress’s NGO which participated in an election campaign event contrary to the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organisations (Lango) has been slammed. Chorn Chanleakena, a celebrity and the president of the Association of Artists Volunteering to Help Society, allegedly led its members in