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Casino stand-off: Strikes could resume, says union official

Casino stand-off: Strikes could resume, says union official

Casino stand-off

A sacked union official at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Beanteay Meanchey province’s Poipet town said yesterday hundreds of workers would strike again if he and a colleague were not reinstated after negotiations on Sunday.

Sat Sep was one of two leaders from the Free Trade Workers Union – not to be confused with the Free Trade Union – who
were sacked earlier this year.

Workers have held strikes since, and the Arbitration Council has issued a ruling for the unionists’ reinstatement.

Workers returned to work last Thursday, after striking for five days, because of a court injunction.  

“I met with provincial labour department officials this morning,” Sep said, adding that he had sent letters informing the company and the Ministry of Labour of the workers’ intention to strike again.

Sep said there were 21 points  he had demanded from the company, and the company had promised to comply with 18 of them since October.

Sep expected that more workers would join for another strike this weekend in order to demand their benefits, adding that the second strike would begin on Sunday if negotiations on the same day failed to produce satisfactory results.

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