Garment Workers Demand District Intervention

About 200 garment workers on Wednesday marched from the Sun Well Shoe Factory on Veng Sreng Street to the Pur Senchey district office, demanding intervention in an ongoing dispute over their wages, a union representative said.

At 7 a.m., the workers left the factory, marching out of the industrial area and onto Russian Boulevard before reaching the office, said Sieng Sambath, president of the Worker Friendship Union Federation.

“If the intervention by the district cannot organize for us to negotiate, we will protest at the factory,” Mr. Sambath said.

The workers went on strike last week to demand seven points, including a monthly $5 attendance bonus, a $15 per month travel and accommodation stipend, severance pay and better safety equipment.

Pur Senchey deputy governor Khem Sun Soda said the district invited Sun Well’s chief to meet with workers today.

“We invite the director-general [of the factory] to negotiate with the union [today] at the district, but if they don’t come, then there may be no result,” he said.

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