Workers Continue Strike Over Change to Pay Day

About 1,000 workers from the Canteran factory in Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district continued to strike on Saturday over a decision to push back the day they are paid.

The workers have been on strike since Thursday after being told they will be paid on the 10th day of the month instead of the fifth or sixth.

Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said the policy change had come without prior warning.

“The workers have to pay their rents, food costs and other expenses, since they are due that day,” he said.

Yin Sotha, 34, factory representative of the Collective Union, said the managers of the factory, which supplies garments to U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart, had been consistently late in paying workers for months before announcing the official change.

“We want to hold protests, but we have seen there were so many authorities during the protests in January so now we can’t do that,” he said.

A factory representative could not be reached for comment.

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