A group of construction workers attacked the offices of the
Camko City development on the outskirts of Phnom Penh Monday night, lighting a car
on fire and throwing stones through the windows of the offices, officials and
The angered workers are part of a workforce of more than
1,000 people who went on strike Monday, claiming they were owed wages for the
month of October.
"The workers are angry enough to burn cars and throw stones
because the person who is in charge of the wages told them a lie," Ham Samnang,
a construction worker, said. "They promised to pay them by the 24th.
Now it is the 27th."
Workers had no more money and were starving, he said, in
addition to owing rent.
The workers earn between $80 and $150 per month, he said.
A group of the striking workers gathered inside the compound
of Camko City Co. Monday and attacked the car of the company's South Korean
Company officials declined to comment Tuesday, but Lim
Samnang, an advisor of administration at Camko City,
said the company had erred by not paying the workers on time.
The company usually pays its workers before the 25th
of the month, he said, but the payment is currently late by two days.
Police said no workers were arrested during the
demonstration. Camko City is a South Korean investment of $2 billion
developing 119 hectares of commercial and residential areas in Phnom Penh's Russey Keo district.
Sok Sovanareth, president of the Cambodian National
Federation of Building and Wood Workers, said Tuesday the company should pay
its workers on time to avoid violence.