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18 Sep 2021

Khy Sovuthy, CamboJA

Cambodia: NagaWorld unions appeal against Arbitration Council's decision on non-ruling mass layoff

"NagaWorld union files rejection of Arbitration Council non-ruling on mass layoff", 18 September 2021

Representatives of NagaWorld’s union … submitted a letter to the Arbitration Council rejecting its refusal last week to consider the demands of workers looking to counter the casino company’s mass layoff.

Chhun Sokha, 40, vice president of NagaWorld’s Khmer Employees’ Labor Rights Support Union, worked for the casino giant for more than 21 years and is one of 373 workers still fighting to keep their jobs after the layoff. Sokha said four union representatives brought the rejection letter to the council to dispute its … decision to defer a ruling on the validity of the layoffs to the inspectorate of the Ministry of Labor.

“[The Arbitration Council] claimed that this case is for the labor inspector,” she said, questioning why the council had heard the case at all if it still needed to go through the ministry.

“We do not understand this decision and we also do not support it,” she continued, urging the council to make a clear decision. “This decision impacts our workers’ benefits because this complaint was filed many months ago.”

… Sokha said the holdouts are now weighing their options after hearing the council’s non-ruling. Whether that includes a complaint for the courts or protest against NagaWorld is unclear, she said, explaining the disputants need time to discuss.

She said that she and the other laid-off workers have struggled economically since losing their jobs and are trying to make some kind of livelihood in the meantime…