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Casino workers threaten strike

THE Cambodian Tourism and Service Workers Federation (CTSWF) on Monday campaigned with employees at NagaWorld Hotel and Casino in a bid to build support for a strike after the casino refused to reinstate four union leaders fired last year.

Sok Narith, vice president of the CTSWF, said the campaign will span a week and attempt to gain the support of the majority of the 956 union members working at NagaWorld.

“We have tried to seek negotiations with the employer, but they’ve continued to deny our requests,” he said. “Our solution is to strike, but we will keep our stance that we are prepared to talk at any time with the management of NagaWorld.”

On February 16, the Secretariat of the Arbitration Council issued a verdict instructing the casino to allow union members to operate on company premises and to reinstate four union members fired in February last year. However, the casino has refused to heed the instructions, and Gregory Goh, NagaWorld’s director of human resources, said last month that the council lacked the jurisdiction to rule on the dispute. Goh declined to comment on Monday.

The four were part of a group of 14 sacked for what the company described as poor performance, although the workers say they were fired due to a dispute over bonuses. The other 10 employees have since returned to work.

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