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2 May 2022

Keat Soriththeavy & Mam Sampichida, VOD

Cambodia: NagaWorld union members vote to elect new leadership amid ongoing labour dispute with company

"Exactly 1,000 Votes Cast in NagaWorld Union Vote, Chhim Sithar Re-Elected: Union", 2 May 2022

Ten days of voting for the leadership of the NagaWorld union ended with exactly 1,000 voters and current president Chhim Sithar re-elected, a unionist said.

The union had raised concerns about failing to reach 50% turnout and having its renewal application rejected by the Labor Ministry. Sithar said ... that the union had around 2,100 members, but it did not know the exact number due to contested mass layoffs.

Workers have been protesting nearly every day since December over more than 1,300 workers being selected for termination. The workers allege union leaders and activists were targeted.

Unionist Sun Sreypich said ... that the union leadership vote ran for 10 days ... — three days longer than initially planned — and reached exactly 1,000 voters.

“We had enough now. We just wanted more than that,” Sreypich said, despite the possible failure to reach the turnout target.

The union would submit the results to the Labor Ministry ..., Sreypich said. The next round of ministry-mediated negotiation between union and company is scheduled for the earlier of those dates...

Every voter chose three candidates on their ballots, and Sithar received 987 votes to be re-elected president, Sreypich said. Her sister, Chhim Sokhorn, received 774 votes to be elected vice president, a promotion from secretary.

Kleang Sobin and Kheng Chanda were elected secretary and treasurer, respectively, Sreypich said...