Teachers Return to Class After Pay Dispute Strike

Lecturers at the the National Institute of Business in Phnom Penh ended a strike Wednesday after the school director agreed to pay more than $30,000 owed to them following a visit from a Labor Ministry official.

About 40 of the college’s 48 teachers walked out Tuesday claiming that director Ly Sothea was withholding 40 percent of student fees for 2013 and 2014 that was promised to them on top of their salary.

However, Chhim Thoeun, a lecturer in English, said the dispute had been resolved and lecturers had returned to teaching the institute’s 3,000 students Wednesday after Labor Ministry spokesman Heng Sour arrived at the school Tuesday evening for a discussion with Mr. Sothea.

“This morning the director told our lecturers that we can come to get our money…some of our lecturers have taken their money already while some have not,” Mr. Thoeun said.

“We started teaching this morning after the ministry found a solution for us.

If we did not take this action we would not have been successful,” he added. Neither Mr. Sothea nor Mr. Sour could be reached for comment.

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