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Article

24 Nov 2021

Author:
Danielle Keeton-Olsen, VOD

Cambodia: Union says employers terminated by company plan to go on strike after labour disputes remain unresolved; terminated employees are union members

"Fired NagaWorld Workers Organizing a Strike Over Layoffs, Past Labor Disputes", 24 November 2021

NagaWorld workers and union leaders who have refused to accept termination are planning rallies and urging a strike ..., vowing to continue until the casino company’s management addresses their current and unsolved grievances.

Leaders of the casino’s union, who have all been laid off, released a letter ... warning that they would begin a peaceful protest with unionized employees and the workers who are contesting termination near the NagaWorld complex ..., noting they would continue to push a strike “until a solution is found” for 10 past and current demands.

Chhim Sithar, the leader of the union and a former casino floor worker, said the action — decided by a majority vote among terminated workers and the remaining unionized NagaWorld employees — will go beyond the five demands they brought to the Arbitration Council after the termination went into effect.

“We want the public to see how this company is repeating violations of labor rights,” she told ... “We also want to tell the company that no matter how long the case is left unsolved, we will not forget and we will keep looking for justice.”

The letter notes that 373 workers still have not accepted their termination by the company, and they will demand reemployment. The letter also notes that unionized and terminated workers want NagaWorld to recalculate the termination packages, saying it was not in line with Cambodian Labor Law, and ensure that terminated workers have the first shot at new jobs offered by the company for two years since their layoff, another Labor Law requirement...

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