PHNOM PENH, 25 June 2013: Hundreds of workers including croupiers,
drivers and cleaners at Phnom Pehn’s biggest casino have been fired or
suspended after striking for higher wages in the latest bout of labour
strife to hit the country, a union leader said Monday.
More than 400 workers at the Malaysian owned NagaWorld Hotel and
Casino have been sacked or suspended from their jobs, according to Sok
Narith, vice president of the Cambodian Tourism and Service Workers
The workers were among “more than 1000″ staff on strike since 13 June
13. They were demanding a pay rise from $80 to $150 a month and
improved working conditions, Sok Narith told AFP.
“The strike is in accordance with the law,” he added.
more workers had received a text message from the casino management
saying their contracts with NagaWorld have been “terminated with
immediate effect,” he said.
The company could not be immediately reached for comment, but an
email apparently by NagaWorld to senior staff and seen by AFP said 413
workers had had their contracts “terminated/suspended”.
The workers “have been identified to have been involved in the illegal strike against the company”, the email added.
Hundreds of workers protested outside the casino on Monday demanding that they be reinstated.
Gambling is legal for foreigners in Cambodia and the country draws
tens of thousands of Thais and Chinese — whose own countries ban betting
— to its tables.
Cambodian workers have repeatedly demonstrated against low wages and
tough conditions in the multibillion-dollar textile industry, which
produces goods for top western brands.
Earlier this month, hundreds of garment workers had been fired from a
factory making sportswear for US giant Nike after a series of pay