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Cambodia: Striking casino and hotel workers return to work after NagaWorld agrees to meet their demands

"Striking Cambodian casino workers return to work in NagaWorld deal", 11 January 2020

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 labor victory…

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, told Reuters on Saturday, 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 for workers is rare.

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

NagaWorld did not respond to requests for comment…

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