Labor Protests Draw Thousands of Workers, Warning Issued to Unionist

Thousands of workers took to the streets in multiple protests this week over unpaid wages from suspended factories as well as grievances related to benefits, as the Labor Ministry issued a warning against one unionist alleging an illegal strike and a man was detained while photographing a rally.

In the biggest protest, more than 4,000 workers blocked Phnom Penh’s Street 217 on Thursday morning over a dispute with the Chinese-owned Y&W Garment in Dangkao district, according to Spean Thma commune police chief Chhim Ra.

The road was blocked for more than an hour as workers demanded time off over the Pchum Ben holidays next week and made other appeals, Ra said on Friday.

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