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Workers take strike to ministry

Workers take strike to ministry

More than 300 workers from a garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district took their protest to the Ministry of Labour yesterday, marching there to demand government intervention.

The demonstrators, who were representing about 800 workers at Wincam Corporation who began striking 10 days earlier, demanded eight conditions, including an additional 2,000 riel for every hour of overtime and one day off for pregnant women to receive prenatal care, said Ou Sokheng, president of the Confederation of Union for Cambodia Corporation.

“The workers [who are not unionised] asked my union to help them find a resolution to their demands, and today they decided to walk to the ministry,” Sokheng said.

A Wincam Corporation administrator said factory officials are negotiating with relevant officials to resolve the situation.

A hectic scene also arose at the Harta Packaging factory in the capital’s Por Sen Chey district, where about 200 workers who have been on strike since January burned tyres outside.

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