Employees return to work after winning NagaWorld wage deal

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  • Sunday, 12 Jan 2020

Making their voices heard: People shouting slogans in front of NagaWorld hotel and casino during a protest in Phnom Penh. — AFP

PHNOM PENH: Thousands of striking Cambodian workers of a Hong Kong-listed casino company returned to their jobs after winning wage increases and the reinstatement of a suspended union leader in a rare labour victory.

About 3,000 workers had joined the strike in front of the NagaWorld hotel and casino complex, owned by Nagacorp Ltd, in Phnom Penh to demand higher wages. Workers get paid between US$150 to US$250 (RM611 and RM1,120) a month.

The deal struck with NagaWorld also obtained the reinstatement of their union president, Chhim Sithar, who was suspended in September.

“Today, we returned to our shifts, ” Hai Sopheap, 31, one of the strikers and union activist, said yesterday, adding “this victory came out of our solidarity”.

Sopheap said NagaWorld had agreed to raise workers’ salaries between 18% and 30%.

Strikes over pay and working conditions are common in Cambodia and victory is rare.

“The outcome will pave the way for the union to negotiate for other remaining demands, ” said Khun Tharo, a programme coordinator at the Center for Alliance of Labour and Human Rights.

NagaWorld did not respond to requests for comment.

NagaCorp, which has the exclusive licence to operate in Phnom Penh, reported an estimated UD$1.8bil (RM7.33bli) in revenue last year, up from US$1.5bil (RM6.11bil) in 2018.

It posted a 9-month net gaming revenue of $616.3 million last year.

The Labour Ministry’s labuor dispute department, could not be reached for comment. — Reuters

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