Pactics factory workers become latest to go on strike in Siem Reap

About 400 workers at Pactics (Cambodia) factory in Siem Reap province entered their fifth day of strike action on September 1, demanding the reinstatement of two outspoken union activists and back pay and benefits for 80 employees who were laid off in April in the wake of Covid-19.

Met Rath, 28, president of the Employees’ Independent Solidarity Union at Pactics, said nearly 400 of the factory’s500 workers began striking late last month to demand the reinstatement of himself and Ping Teav, an activist with the union, which is part of the Cambodian Tourism Workers’ Union Federation (CTWUF).

The CTWUF in May called on Pactics Company to provide back pay or reinstatement options for 80 other workers it had terminated due to the economic impacts of Covid-19 on Cambodia’s garment industry exports. The factory produces bags to export to Europe and the United States.

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