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4 Mar 2022

Chhorn Raksmey, VOD

Cambodia: Naga Corp set deadlines for striking workers to return to work while an ongoing strike is met with crack-down by authorities

"NagaCorp Sets Deadline for Striking Workers", 4 March 2022

Striking NagaWorld casino workers are “welcome” to return to their jobs without repercussions until Wednesday — after which they will be terminated for serious misconduct, NagaCorp said in a letter to protesters.

“The employees who have not returned to work are hereby given a final opportunity to resume their services,” chief human resources officer Hein Dames said in a version of the letter shared on social media. Those who don’t “will be committing serious misconduct,” he said.

Current and terminated workers from the Phnom Penh monopoly casino have been protesting ... over mass layoffs that they say targeted union leaders and members and amounted to union busting. Eleven top unionists are now in jail over the demonstrations, which have been largely shut down by health authorities...

Dames’ letter said 247 fired workers had also yet to accept their termination, and NagaCorp would end its compensation offer to them after Wednesday.

Striking worker Tim Satya said the letter did not scare her, and she would not be going back to work. She would stand by the other protesters until the jailed unionists were released and terminated workers negotiated a solution.

...Terminated workers Rithy Rathna and Mam Sovathin said the latest letter changed nothing for them. NagaCorp had previously issued a “last call” to workers by phone or audio message in January.

“They don’t have any solutions for us, only threats against all activities,” Rathna said, reaffirming her commitment to continuing the labor action...