Cambodia: NagaWorld fires a union leader after demanding higher salaries for workers

A union leader at Phnom Penh casino NagaWorld said she has been suspended over a campaign for higher wages.

Chhim Sithar told that the union had printed T-shirts with a slogan that translates from Khmer to “The Company Is Growing; Workers Need Living Wages,” and distributed them to 3,000 employees. She was suspended after intervening when security guards tried to confiscate a T-shirt from an employee.

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9 October 2019

Cambodia: Unions and NGOs issue a joint statement calling for unconditional reinstatement of a union leader who has been unjustly fired by a company

Author: CENTRAL

"Unconditionally, reinstates the union president, Ms. Chhim Sithar", 6 October 2019

We, the undersigned, representing trade union federations, associations and civil society organisations working for the promotion of human rights and labour rights in the Kingdom of Cambodia are currently carefully monitoring the case of the Khmer Employees’ Labour Rights Support Union of NagaWorld. We condemn the decision of management to suspend the employment of union president, Ms. Chhim Sithar, without just cause after she exercised her fundamental rights and professional independence as a representative of approximately four thousand workers to demand better working conditions and reasonable wage increases for staff working at NagaWorld. Ms. Chhim Sithar is a union activist and local union leader…

Based on previous experience, NagaWorld has a history of union discrimination in which complaints were filed with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for violations of core conventions, and the ILO later issued recommendations to the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Termination of the union leader’s contract at that time caused hundreds of workers to protest and demand the reinstatement of their leader, but the company refused to do so…

We will continue to carefully monitor this case and continue to support employees in the continuation of non-violent activities and the exercise of their fundamental rights guaranteed by the law of the Kingdom of Cambodia in order to ensure that NagaWorld reinstates the union president, Ms. Chhim Sithar; negotiates in good faith; guarantees the cessation of all acts of union discrimination; and promotes better professional relations between employees and the company to avoid any further protests.

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4 October 2019

Cambodia: NagaWorld sacks a union leader after she starts higher salaries campaign for workers

Author: Sokun Khut, VOD

"Naga Union Leader Suspended Amid Campaign for Higher Salaries", 26 September 2019

A union leader at Phnom Penh casino NagaWorld said she has been suspended over a campaign for higher wages.

Chhim Sithar told ... that the union had printed T-shirts with a slogan that translates from Khmer to “The Company Is Growing; Workers Need Living Wages,” and distributed them to 3,000 employees.

She was suspended after intervening when security guards tried to confiscate a T-shirt from an employee ..., Sithar said ...

Sithar and 27 other employees were suspended, but the 27 others were reinstated after protesting, she said.

“Suspending from work a union leader who represents thousands of workers is a serious discrimination against unions by the NagaWorld company,” Sithar said.

... Amid the dispute, 3,826 employees have decided to take three days off over the Pchum Ben holidays despite being warned by the company that absentees would be fired, she added. NagaWorld has more than 4,000 union members and 8,600 employees in total, Sithar said.

Dy Seyha, NagaWorld’s communications manager, declined to comment, saying she was too busy.

Ry Sovandy, a dealer at NagaWorld, said employees were asking for a raise in monthly wages to $300 for those who work in the hotel and $500 for those on the casino floor. The workers are currently paid $191 to $200 and $230 to $300, respectively, according to the union...

Labor Ministry spokesman Heng Sour could not be reached for comment...

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