Sept. 5 - Thousands of garment factory workers protest over pay demand in Cambodia. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
About 5,000 garment factory workers marched from their factory to Phnom Penh city hall on Thursday (September 5) demanding a raise and bonus payments. Workers from the SL 1 and SL 2 garment factories, mostly women, for about six kilometers to the city hall where they blocked the road. The workers currently get minimum wage of $80 per month but they are demanding a rise to $150 per month. The workers also calling on the government to sack the manager whom they accuse of standing in the way of a resolution. The garment industry is Cambodia's third-biggest currency earner behind agriculture and tourism. The sector shed almost 30,000 jobs in 2009 after a drop in sales to the United States and Europe. Reports showed the country exported garments, textiles and shoes to the value of $2.3 billion last year, down from $2.9 billion in 2008. More than half goes to the United States.