Cambodia: Worker reps, factory management to meet today over missing wages

Representatives of workers and factory management are set to meet today after about 1,000 workers of Dignity Knitter Limited in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district went on strike to demand their missing wages.

Pin Sophea, president of the Coalitions of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union at Dignity Knitter factory, said yesterday about 1,000 workers went on strike on Thursday and Friday after the factory’s management team failed to pay their December wages and seniority pay which was due on January 8.

“If the company shuts down or has a financial problem, it should at least pay their last wages and seniority pay according to the labor law,” he said.

Sou Sokcheat, one of the striking workers, said that factory management promised to pay their December wages on January 15 but failed to do so.

Workers and the factory manager set to meet today for solution. Supplied

“When they pay us late, it affects our living because we need to pay our rent, children’s school fees, electricity and water bills,” Ms Sokcheat said.

Lao Hot, chief of Dignity factory administration, yesterday said representatives of factory, workers, union leaders and labor officials will meet today to talk about missing wages.

“The strike does affect our company. All sides need to put forth their issues and negotiate to find a solution on Monday,” Mr Hot said.

Ms Sokcheat however added: “We will wait for the results of the negotiation [today]. If no deal is reached, workers will continue to protest.”