Garment Workers Block Roadway Demanding Pay

Fifty garment workers blocked traffic in front of the Chung Fai Knitwear factory in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district for 20 minutes on Monday morning, demanding that local authorities force the Hong Kong company to pay salaries that were due before its abrupt closure on July 2, former employee Khorn Chivin said.

“If we just stand in front of the factory without taking any special actions, the authorities and other relevant institutions will never have any solutions for the workers,” said Ms. Chivin, 31, who worked at the sock and sweater factory for 11 years.

Since the closure, workers have protested every day by standing outside the factory, said Vorng Nimol, a lawyer from the U.S.-based Solidarity Center.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court issued an injunction last month to stop the factory owner from removing its property.

“My next task is preparing the complaint to submit to the Arbitration Council asking them to intervene to solve the problem for the workers,” Mr. Nimol said.

Factory officials could not be reached.

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Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the injunction was issued last week.

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