Months of peaceful protests by opposition supporters demanding new elections have posed little threat to Hun Sen, one of the world longest serving leaders.But when striking factory workers began to join forces with the opposition, the ruling Cambodian People Party (CPP) responded swiftly with at least four workers shot dead and dozens wounded by security forces.A Cambodian worker sitting in front of her room near a factory in Phnom Penh.”If the two streams of protest had been allowed to merge political opponents and striking workers they would have presented a threat of enormous magnitude to the Hun Sen regime,” said Cambodia expert Carl Thayer.If the two movements come together and adopt a militant stance, the Hun Sen regime “can either resort to brute force to crush opposition or the CPP can jettison Hun Sen in the hopes of clinging to power,” said Thayer, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia.About 650,000 workers provide the backbone of Cambodia multi billion dollar garment industry a key source of foreign income for the impoverished Southeast Asian nation.They are demanding a doubling of the minimum wage to $160 a month, or about $8 a day. So far the government has offered them $100.Cambodian workers near a factory in Phnom Penh, they want a wage increase too. Picture: AFPSource:AFPSafety worries are also rife in an industry that periodically sees mass fainting episodes often blamed on poor health, bad ventilation or exposure to dangerous chemicals.A struggle to survive Mother of two Oeurn Dany, 30, works for up to 10 hours a day, six days a week, to feed her family and send her children to school.”We have many difficulties to survive with the current wage,” she told AFP.
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The telco on Thursday said it will keep its final dividend flat at 15.5 cents per security, but confirmed its plan to hand back the bulk of the $1.8 billion profit it made this year on the sale of shares in Chinese car website Autohome.The buyback will comprise a $1.25 billion off market buyback, details of which will be announced on September 2, and a $250 million on market buyback.current level of capital is more than what we need in the short to medium term so the return of surplus capital to shareholders is considered appropriate at this time, chief executive Andrew Penn said.Telstra also confirmed it will spend $3 billion over the next three years to improve its network, which has been beset by a series of outages this year.still needs to be done to improve our systems and processes that can cause customer frustration and delay, and to ensure that we consistently deliver a great service experience, Mr Penn said.know that customers expect more from us as their reliance on smart devices continues to grow. This is why improving the customer experience is paramount, and why network interruptions in the second half were particularly disappointing. From continuing operations for the 12 months to June 30 fell 6.9 per cent to $3.83 billion, but Mr Penn said Telstra expects to deliver low to mid single digit earnings growth in 2016/17..