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8 Feb 2022

Khuon Narim, CamboJA

Cambodia: Three Naga World's union members are questioned over violating Law on COVID-19 Measures after over 40-day strike on an industrial action

"Phnom Penh Court conducts days-long interrogation of three NagaWorld workers for violating COVID-19 Law", 8 February 2022

As three NagaWold workers undergo a days-long interrogation at Phnom Penh Municipal Court over alleged violations of COVD-19 public health measures, a union association has called out the government for using legal intimidation to stop a peaceful strike.

Phnom Penh Municipal Police spokesman San Sokseiha confirmed officers arrested three people … for allegedly violating measures of the Health Ministry. These three are Chuob Channath, Seng Sovanarith and Sao Sambath, who have been accused of obstructing implementation of measures of the Law on Measures to Prevent the Spread of Covid-19 and other Serious, Dangerous and Contagious Diseases – more commonly known as the COVID-19 Law…

… Following a layoff of more than 1,300 workers, NagaWorld employees have been striking since late November. Among their demands is the reinstatement of 365 holdouts and proper severance pay for those who were laid off.

The unionists are also demanding the company provide seniority bonuses and remuneration in accordance with the law for this year and last, as well as a 7% raise on the current base salary to meet the inflation of market price…

… NagaWorld employee Ouk Sopheakmolika, 33, who avoided the casino company’s mass layoff, expressed disappointment that the court issued a warrant for her over violating the Health Ministry measure.

… Ou Tephallin, president of Cambodian Food Service Workers’ Federation, said the official response to the strikes has been a failure to uphold democratic principles and guarantee freedom of expression, which is enshrined in the constitution…