Monkey Farm Workers Accept $16 Pay Raise

Employees of a controversial monkey breeding farm in Pursat City who protested earlier this week for higher wages have accepted their employer’s offer of a $16 monthly wage increase, authorities said on Thursday.

Workers at the Vanny Bio-Research Corporation in Prey Nhy commune, which breeds long-tailed macaque monkeys for animal testing purposes, agreed to the pay hike on Wednesday after authorities mediated negotiations, Pursat provincial governor Mao Thonin said on Thursday.

More than 80 employees marched through the city on Tuesday demanding a $20 monthly raise after rejecting an $8 increase.

On Wednesday, the disgruntled employees met with a company representative alongside provincial officials, commune police and other local authorities, Mr. Thonin said.

The company typically offered an annual salary bump in April but did not do so this year due to unspecified revenue problems, he said, adding that the increase would be retroactive to April.

A British advocacy group has accused the company, which runs two facilities in Cambodia, of mistreating monkeys.

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