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Thousands of Cambodian garment workers end strike over bonus

The Straits Times | Monday, May 5, 2014

PHNOM PENH - Thousands of Cambodian garment workers have gone back to work after striking to demand a US$50 (S$62.70) bonus in return for shunning walkouts in the kingdom's lucrative but troubled garment sector, a union leader said on Monday.

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 on Monday," Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, told AFP.

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

A police chief in eastern Bavet city, where the factories are based in two special economic zones, confirmed the workers were back at work.

The Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) has repeatedly denied factories had promised to pay workers for not striking.

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