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Angkor beer promoters to hold off on protests

Beer promoters protest outside the Angkor factory in Phnom Penh last week.
Beer promoters protest outside the Angkor factory in Phnom Penh last week. Hong Menea

Angkor beer promoters to hold off on protests

The union behind the protests of 22 Angkor beer promoters, half of whom said they were fired last week for going on strike, says it will not hold renewed demonstrations on the case until after a final decision is handed down by the Arbitration Council.

The 11 promoters, whose strikes were sparked by lengthened nighttime working hours with no additional pay, said they were fired on Thursday despite an order from the council that all protesters would return to work while it deliberated on the case.

Sar Mora, president of the Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation, said the union had filed an additional complaint based on the alleged firings, which he said “completely violated the Labour Law”.

However, Mora said the CFSWF would only consider launching a campaign for the workers to be rehired once the council announces a result on the overall dispute. “The process of the council … should take almost a month,” he said.

Khieu Tola, a lawyer for Angkor beer’s parent company, Cambrew, maintained that the 11 left their jobs of their own accord due to the extra hours well before strikes even began.

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