Workers go unpaid as construction sector slows

More than 40 construction workers held a strike this week after going months without pay while working at the site of the DNC Mall in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kok district, in just one example of the toll that the recent economic slowdown is taking on construction laborers.

Klang Ra, a 42-year-old construction worker, said that he and a small group of other workers had held several strikes before, but on June 16, more than 40 workers joined in their protest against Yuti Building Decoration Engineering Cambodia Co Ltd and the owner of DNC Mall Hong Ding Xing Tain Di.

“About 100 of us have not received our salary for three months since before Khmer New Year,” Ra said, adding that the Chinese-owned companies had not given them a reason why they had not been paid.

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