Staff of Suspended Factory Demand Wages

About 70 workers from the Xing Chang Sin factory marched to the Ministry of Labor on Friday to demand intervention after the factory allegedly failed to pay wages for the past two months.

According to Ek Pheakdey, deputy director of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union, the Russei Keo district factory—which he claimed produced apparel for GAP and Nike—suspended operations in mid-June due to lack of orders but told its staff of more than 500 to that they would be paid when business resumed as usual on Friday.

However, on Friday the staff were told to wait another week, according to Mr. Pheakdey, raising fears that the factory would never reopen and the staff would never see their promised wages.

Vong Sovann, deputy director general at the Labor Ministry’s general department of labor conflict, said that the factory would be investigated to find what the staff were entitled to.

“We met the workers and they told us the factory had closed but we have to check it first before we can judge if the factory is closed or suspended,” Mr. Sovann said.

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