Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - NagaWorld a no-show at arbitration meeting

NagaWorld a no-show at arbitration meeting

NagaWorld employees strike near the casino in Phnom Penh yesterday. Hong Menea
NagaWorld employees strike near the casino in Phnom Penh yesterday. Hong Menea

NagaWorld a no-show at arbitration meeting

A strike involving hundreds of casino workers – many who have been told their contracts have been terminated – reached an impasse yesterday after NagaWorld officials did not attend a conciliation session at the Arbitration Council, a union leader said.

“The Arbitration Council could not immediately resolve this case because the casino’s representatives were not here,” said Sok Narith, vice-president of the Cambodian Tourism and Service Workers Federation. “The company’s absence means they do not intend to resolve this case and will terminate the jobs of all those they sent the message to.”

Workers say the message – that they had lost their jobs – came in the form of text messages and emails following casino security cracking down on their strike last Tuesday by briefly detaining 19 workers and union leaders.

In a memo sent last week, the company’s human resources department said the workers had been striking illegally and their contracts were therefore “terminated/suspended”.

Hundreds lined the street outside the Phnom Penh casino yesterday morning, resuming their strike that began on June 13.

Narith said workers at the casino, owned by Hong Kong-listed Nagacorp, would continue demanding their minimum wage be increased to $150 per month.

“In 2012, the company made $278 million gross profit. For net profit, it was $113 million. So the demands we’re making are 1.5 per cent of net profit.”

NagaWorld management declined to comment.

MOST VIEWED

  • Reuters: US Embassy fired 32 staff members for sharing pornography

    The United States Embassy in Phnom Penh has fired 32 non-diplomatic staff members who were allegedly caught exchanging pornographic images and video, including of minors, according to the news agency Reuters. Four sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the content was shared in

  • Our 2018 guide to spending Khmer New Year in Phnom Penh

    Khmer New Year festivities are upon us. For the next few days, travellers will be making their way to their home provinces to eat, celebrate, play traditional games and visit a pagoda with offerings. If you will be staying put in Phnom Penh for the

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the