Mass closure of garment factories leaves workers unpaid, struggling to survive in lockdown

Garment workers stand in front of their rented apartments in the Stung Meanchey III commune of Meanchey district, one of the strictly patrolled COVID-19 red zones in Phnom Penh, April 22, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Many of the thousands of garment workers now under Cambodia’s strictest COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are finding themselves unpaid, suspended indefinitely from the capital area’s hundreds of factories and, as of yet, with little help from outside.

Workers still unpaid as auction of seized factory equipment fails again

About 200 workers who were marching to the Kandal Provincial Court in Takhmao City on July 13 to submit a petition asking that the court remove an injunction preventing them from being paid by their former factory owner. Panha Chhorpoan

More than 1,000 former staff from two shuttered two garment factories face uncertain futures, after an auction of manufacturing equipment seized from their former employers’ failed for the second time on Wednesday to raise enough money to pay out salaries and bonuses owed.

Workers hope for an end to year-long Kandal factories closure dispute

200 workers marched to the Kandal Provincial Court in Takhmao City on July 13 to submit a petition asking that the court remove an injunction preventing them from being paid by their former factory owner. Panha Chhorpoan

More than 1,000 workers from Dignity Knitter and ECO Base Factory garment manufacturers have yet to get compensation packages nearly a year the factories’ owner first withheld their pay and subsequently shut down the factories.