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Angkor Beer workers want Chinese boss booted

Employees of Cambrew hold placards outside the company’s property in Preah Sihanouk province on Saturday during a protest. Photo supplied
Employees of Cambrew hold placards outside the company’s property in Preah Sihanouk province on Saturday during a protest. Photo supplied

Angkor Beer workers want Chinese boss booted

Almost 200 factory workers at Cambrew in Sihanoukville will gather to protest the Angkor Beer company today, demanding one manager be fired and a dismissed co-worker rehired.

An Rama, an official at the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union, said the warehouse workers’ were continuing after a similar-sized protest on Saturday.

Earlier this year, female beer promoters protested lengthened night-time working hours and claimed they were fired as a result, though Cambrew, half-owned by Danish conglomerate Carlsburg, maintained the 11 staff had quit due to having their work schedules altered.

But the weekend protest seemingly revolved around managerial styles.

Rama said the protesters are demanding Lim Roath, a Cambodian manager at the warehouse, be re-hired after he was dismissed without the company providing a reason.

They also wanted manager Y K Wong, a Chinese-Malaysian national, to be fired, claiming he treated them poorly, in part due to his advance years.

Kheng Moa, who carried a banner at the protest, said he would return today to make his protest because Wong did not work well with his employees.

“Mr Lim Roath helped the company a lot until now. He is good a staff member,” he said. “But Mr Wong, he is too old. He is 63. Sometimes he is forgetful at work and he always blames the workers.”

Cambrew chief of administration Chheng Sophors declined to comment.

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