Factory workers seek help as ministry says owner did not file notice

While hundreds of workers from the shuttered Violet Apparel factory submitted a petition to the European Union’s Delegation to Cambodia seeking help securing unpaid benefits, a ministry official has said that the factory’s owner has not filed the necessary paperwork exempting him from paying workers.

Due to the strain on the garment industry in the wake of Covid-19, the Labor Ministry sent a letter to the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) saying that notice and compensation payments could be delayed if a factory could not afford to pay. It followed a directive from the ministry issued at the beginning of June allowing employers to delay seniority indemnity payments until 2021.

Ouk Chanthou, director of the Labor Ministry’s Inspection Department who authored the letter to GMAC, said September 7 that the owner of Violet Apparel had not provided proper notice of closure that would exempt the factory from paying workers.

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