Garment workers petition EU for intervention over legal compensation

More than 250 garment workers from Violet Apparel (Cambodia) Co Ltd who claim to represent 1,284 others gathered on Monday in front of the EU offices to request intervention on legal compensation from the shuttered factory.

In their petition submitted to the EU, the workers said operations at Violet Apparel in O’Bek Ka’am commune, in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district, were suspended in May and June. The factory was completely shut down on July 1 without workers being paid as required by the labour law.

“We hope the EU in Cambodia can help find justice for the factory workers by asking the company to pay us. We also request the company to pay pregnant workers 50 per cent for three months of maternity leave,” said the petition.

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