Striking Power Plant Trainees Get Wage Raise

More than 170 trainees at a Chinese-backed power plant under construction in Preah Sihanouk province ended a five-day protest on Monday after securing higher wages from their employer, according to a union representative and provincial official.

Khmer Workers Power Federation Union president Chey Sovann, who negotiated with representatives of Chinese-Cambodian owned CIIDG Erdos Hongjun Electric Power Co. on behalf of the trainees, said the 173 protesters resumed their training yesterday after securing concessions to most of their demands on Monday.

He said the company agreed to raise the monthly wages of lower paid trainees from $110 to $125 and of higher paid trainees from $130 to $140. The firm also agreed to hike their wages to $350 a month after the trainees pass their exams in December. …