Cambodia garment workers end strike

May 06, 2014 - 6:40:08 am

PHNOM PENH:  Thousands of Cambodian garment workers have gone back to work after striking to demand a $50 bonus in return for shunning walkouts in the kingdom’s lucrative but troubled garment sector, a union leader said yesterday.

Some 20,000 workers at around 30 factories near the Vietnamese border went on strike a fortnight ago demanding the bonus after two factories rewarded employees for not participating in recent walkouts, which routinely cripple the industry.

“Most of the workers have resumed their work, and only those at three factories are still on strike yesterday,” Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said.

He said the factories did not agree to pay the $50 bonus, but reassured workers that they will “find a solution” to the dispute.

The Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) has repeatedly denied factories had promised to pay workers for not striking.  It added that the employers would not pay wages and other benefits for the days lost to the strike -- in line with local labour law.                       AFP