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18 Dec 2021

CENTRAL & 58 others

Cambodia: 59 CSOs call on govt., company, and relevant parties to a labour dispute at NagaWorld to negotiate in good faith & find peaceful solution

"Joint Statement on Strike Action by NagaWorld Employees", 18 December 2021

We… express our firm solidarity with striking employees at NagaWorld Limited who are currently exercising their fundamental rights to peacefully strike according to the Labour Law, the Law on Trade Unions and their statutes previously registered with the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training. We are extremely disappointed with the provisional disposition issued by the Phnom Penh Court of First Instance … which declared this strike to be illegal and call on NagaWorld to engage with its employees and their representatives directly and in good faith to resolve this dispute.

…, more than 1,300 employees of NagaWorld Limited, including members of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees of NagaWorld (LRSU) began strike action to demand reinstatement of 365 employees previously dismissed as part of a mass force layoff 1,329 workers ...

The strike at NagaWorld has occurred after consistent refusals by management to engage in genuine or good faith negotiation with LRSU and failures by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and Phnom Penh City Hall to secure resolution. The right to collective bargaining and the right to strike are guaranteed to Cambodian workers both by virtue of the Cambodian Constitution, as well as International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions nos. 87 and 98, both of which have been ratified by the Kingdom of Cambodia…

... The only way to resolve this dispute is for the company to immediately engage in genuine and good faith negotiations with NagaWorld workers and their representatives to find a mutually acceptable solution…