Factory Property to Be Sold to Compensate Workers

The Kandal Provincial Court issued an injunction on Wednesday morning authorizing the confiscation of property from the Great Honour Textile Factory, which owes workers nearly two months of back pay, a union leader said.

The textile machinery and other equipment would be put up for auction, with the funds used to compensate 900 workers at the factory in Sa’ang district who have not been paid since June, said Tith Tha, head of the Khmer Workers Pride Federation Union.

“I only know that the owner of the factory ran away without paying the workers for July,” Mr. Tha said.

The workers and union brought a petition to the court last week. From October to December, the factory closed due to slowing sales, and the owner “suspended some workers, and paid the rest only 50 percent of their salary,” Mr. Tha said.

The factory’s owner could not be reached for comment.

On Wednesday, former employee Pen Sopheak, 36, said her colleagues had been guarding the building to ensure the owner could not remove equipment before the injunction came down.

Now, she said, “the authorities will guard it instead.”

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