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Workers from garment factories Dignity Knitter Limited and Eco Base march to submit a petition to the Kandal Provincial Court over unsettled compensation claims on July 13, 2020. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

Kandal Governor Promises Solution to Monthslong Garment Worker Dispute

The Kandal provincial governor on Monday vowed to find a solution for workers of the Dignity Knitter and Eco Base garment factories after hundreds of workers marched to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Takhmao home to protest the factories’ failure to compensate out-of-work employees.

Employees of the New Best Global Textile factory in Kampong Speu province protest at the Labor Ministry in Phnom Penh on June 29, 2020, calling for compensation and other benefits. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

Garment Workers Demand Payout Amid Pandemic Factory Closures

Employees of the New Best Global Textile factory in Kampong Speu province urged the Labor Ministry on Monday to compel the company to compensate workers as they said the factory building’s owner had already rented out the property.

Prime Minister Hun Sen gestures during a speech in Preah Sihanouk province, in this photograph posted to his Facebook page on June 1, 2020.

Hun Sen Vows to Arrest Economic Subversives, Three From CNRP Jailed

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday warned that those stirring up social unrest by calling for borrowers not to repay their debts, apparently alluding to opposition CNRP figure Sam Rainsy and his supporters, would be arrested — the same day a CNRP member was jailed.

Traffic police stand along National Road 6 in Kampong Thom province on May 13, 2020. (Kampong Thom Provincial Police Headquarters)

‘Very Drunk’ Traffic Police Chief Fired, Not Fined

A police officer has been removed from his position as Kampong Thom traffic police chief after allegedly driving drunk and crashing his vehicle earlier this month, but has not been fined for the apparent traffic violation, a police official said on Monday.

A garment worker checks pants in a factory in Cambodia on December 9, 2014 (ILO)

Svay Rieng Garment Factory Suspends 2,000 Workers

More than 2,000 garment workers have been suspended from a factory in Svay Rieng province for two months, with the company saying it cut employees because the factory had received no orders from buyers amid the Covid-19 economic downturn.

Activists submit a petition to the Health Ministry requesting alcohol-based sanitizers, face masks and other social support from the government on April 28, 2020. (Supplied)Activists submit a petition to the Health Ministry requesting alcohol-based sanitizers, face masks and other social support from the government on April 28, 2020. (Supplied)

Petitioners Held, Questioned After Requesting Debt Relief, Face Masks

Ten petitioners who called on the government this week to provide debt relief and protective health supplies to poor citizens were detained and questioned in Phnom Penh and Kampong Speu province, and then released after agreeing not to petition the state again.