Abandoned Y&W Garment’s Workers to Get Their Pay

PHNOM PENH – Workers of the abandoned Y&W Garment company will receive their payments and other compensation from Mar. 23.

On Mar. 20, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training said the ministry can pay the workers based on the warrant to seize the factory property for sale.  

The workers can receive the money at the Dangkor District Hall in Phnom Penh.

They must bring their employee ID or the original employment contract, and a worker book, or the National Social Security Fund card, the national ID or their passport.

They are also asked to take along a monthly paycheck paper if they have one.

Ministry spokesperson Katta Orn said the ministry was filing some applications and expecting to pay and compensate all workers the amount the factory owes.

However, the number of workers to receive the payment and the amount of payment were not clarified yet.   

The company was shut down by the runaway owner, Yuen Po Fai, early this month. The ministry said on Mar. 14 that as many as 4,500 workers out of 4,849 had agreed to a legal resolution.

There were two choices: the Law on Bankruptcy and the warranty for seizing the company’s properties for sale. The ministry carried the second choice, using the money to pay and compensate the workers.

On March 11 the ministry sought the warrant at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and received the seizure order on Mar. 12.

The workers have been protesting since the shutdown, blocking the Samdech Monireth Blvd (217) on Mar. 12 and Mar. 20, hours before the ministry’s announcement.

To help the workers’ livelihood in the meantime, the National Social Security Fund membership card for healthcare and pregnancy and childbirth benefits will be available for the next three months.

Local authorities called on rental house owners to postpone rental payments while workers are waiting for their salary and compensation, while offering job opportunities specifically for the workers.

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