CAMBODIA: Garment industry hit with fresh strike action
A fresh wave of trade union action has hit Cambodia's garment industry, with as many as "25 separate strike actions having taken place within matter of 22 days in August alone", a union has said.
There is simmering discontent among garment factory workers over low wages and poor working conditions, said Sokny Say, general secretary of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC).
Nearly 3,000 garment workers from a Chinese-owned factory struck work this month when their bonuses were paid US$5-$20 short, she told just-style.
"The matter however was sorted out later by the company having acknowledged their mistake," Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) secretary general Ken Loo said.
Elsewhere, Say said workers from a Taiwanese-owned factory struck work this month and put forward 19 demands including lunch allowance, overtime allowance and increasing their accommodation allowance to $15 from the current $7.
But, regarding such disputes, Loo said "it is up to each factory to sort them out."
Say however argued that the demands are not just confined to one factory. "This reflects the general feeling among workers. There have been too many strikes and there will be many more."
Cambodian garment workers' minimum wage was increased to $100 from $80 starting February this year.
Loo told just-style last week that, collectively, unions are calling for a rise to $177.
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