Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - National Road 5 workers paid in labour row

National Road 5 workers paid in labour row

National Road 5 workers paid in labour row

The labour conflict between workers and the Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Company (SMCC), which is building a stretch of National Road 5, has ended after SMCC agreed to pay the wages of 55 workers under the guidance of the Kampong Chhnang provincial Department of Labour and Vocational Training.

Department director Prum Sitha told The Post on Monday that on Friday, a representative of the SMCC decided to pay the 55 workers after its contractor failed to do so.

“SMCC’s responsibility for paying wages to 55 workers instead of the company which is its partner, made the families of the 55 hopeful once again as the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to plague their livelihoods,” he said.

Having received the wages, the 55 workers expressed delight in the hope that the money will help ease their daily lives.

Kem Sarath, one of the 55 workers, said: “I’m really happy that the SMCC came forward to pay our wages. If they didn’t, our families’ livelihoods would deteriorate.”

Since Covid-19 appeared, he said the families’ livelihoods had experienced extreme difficulty because some family members had lost their jobs and incomes. Spending on daily food and medical materials to protect against Covid-19 infections also increased their expenditure.

He said he and other workers had decided to stop working for the contractor to the SMCC for fear that he might not pay their wages once again.

“I hope that the SMCC will offer me a job opportunity,” he said.

Jules Ducalas, SMCC’s chief surveyor told The Post on Monday that the company was happy to welcome workers who can work diligently.


  • Historic Battambang town bans billboards

    The Battambang town administration informed all house and business owners in Svay Por commune to remove all billboards by August 1 as it is preparing to submit the town to UNESCO for inclusion on its historical cultural heritage list. Its July 25 notice said all signage was

  • All foreigners' accommodations to be inspected: Sar Kheng

    The Ministry of Interior is undertaking a serious effort to inspect all the accommodations of foreigners in Cambodia – except diplomats – in order to find and identify human traffickers. Minister Sar Kheng said this would include inspections on the homes of foreigners employed by businesses, private

  • Ice cream, noodles flagged over carcinogen

    The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) has identified three types of instant noodles and ice cream trademarks originating from Thailand, Vietnam and France that are suspected to contain ethylene oxide, which poses a cancer risk to consumers. The general department has

  • Exclusive interview with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU

    CAMBODIA is hosting the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings this week with top officials from the US, China, and Russia and other countries in the region slated to attend and to meet with face-to-face with their counterparts on the sidelines. In

  • Khmer influence growing in Hollywood

    The rare success of The Cleaning Lady – an American TV series which stars Cambodian-French Hollywood actress Elodie Yung – sheds some light on Asian immigrants to the US, yet a significant representation gap of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) exists both on screen and behind

  • Rise in Thai air routes to Siem Reap fuels travel hopes

    Local tourism industry players are eager for regional airline Bangkok Airways Pcl’s resumption of direct flight services between the Thai capital and Siem Reap town on August 1 – home of Cambodia’s awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park – which is expected to boost the growth rate of