Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ousted workers capitulate

Ousted workers capitulate

Ousted workers capitulate

120202_05

Nearly one-third of 67 sacked workers who have held out for months without pay in their battle to force Siem Reap’s Angkor Village Hotel and Resort to reinstate them have accepted compensation packages, union representatives said yesterday.

Thik Kaliyann/Phnom Penh Post
Police in Siem Reap quell a protest held by the employees of Angkor Village Hotel and Resort in November.

Sok Narith, deputy secretary of the Cambodian Tourism and Service Workers’ Federation, said 22 sacked workers had succumbed to financial pressure after the Siem Reap Provincial Court mysteriously reversed a reinstatement order on December 14.   

“It really affected the feeling of the workers. They struggled for months for reinstatement and then, after the second [reinstatement] verdict favoured them, the court immediately changed [its position] 100 per cent to what the hotel owners requested,” he said.

On October 26, the Siem Reap Provincial Court ordered that Angkor Village owners Tep Vantho and Olivier Piot temporarily reinstate all 67 workers until a final decision had been made on the case.  

The decision followed a non-binding ruling from the Arbitration Council that also found that Angkor Village was obliged to reinstate the workers.

Angkor Village began sacking the workers in August last year after some attempted to unionise.

The hotel’s owners, who could not be reached yesterday, have consistently argued the sackings were due to unrelated offences, including attempts to poison them.

The CTSWF has appealed the court’s ruling to overturn the temporary reinstatement with a hearing due at the Court of Appeal this month, Sok Narith said.

He also said the compensation package taken by some former workers violated the Cambodian Labour Law because it was calculated from the time they were terminated rather than when they accepted the deal.

Those who have accepted the compenstion packages will receive 15 days salary for each year they worked, which, with monthly wages amounting to between US$60 and $110, could total about $300 to $1,000, he added.

Siem Reap Provincial Court Judge Ly Sokleng said yesterday that a final decision on the issue of reinstatement would be determined at a hearing this month. 

“I cannot confirm about the date of the hearing exactly, however, it will be set this month,” he said.

The provincial court has also issued an order forbidding protests outside the hotel by workers, who have now set their sights internationally, launching a campaign against Angkor Village that includes posters and leaflets urging tourists not to stay there.

Dave Welsh, country director of the American Centre for International Labour Solidarity, said co-owner Olivier Piot had expressed frustration at the attempts to impact his business.

“He couldn’t understand their behaviour disturbing people’s holidays, and I said to him I’m sure some of the poorest workers in the world can’t understand your behaviour,” he said.  

Welsh said workers holding out against the compensation package were “dropping like flies” because they had no source of employment, compensation or social security, though a core group of 40 would not budge on their demands.

MOST VIEWED

  • Forest rangers seek 1,210 rifles after serious attacks

    The Ministry of Environment sought permission from the Ministry of National Defence to arm municipal and provincial rangers with 1,210 rifles in response to one of its rangers being killed and two others critically assaulted while out on patrol in Mondulkiri and Kampong Thom provinces. In

  • Rainsy stopped in Paris from boarding Thai flight

    Airline officials at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport on Thursday prevented Sam Rainsy from boarding his flight to Bangkok ahead of his announced return to Cambodia on Saturday. Prime Minister Hun Sen had earlier in the day assured Phnom Penh residents that there would be

  • Analyst: Rainsy blocked from boarding flight 'an excuse'

    THAI Airways not allowing Sam Rainsy on its route from Paris to Bangkok on Thursday is being used as an excuse to keep his standing among fellow coup plotters and his uninformed supporters as flights to non-Asean countries are available, an analyst said on Friday.

  • Rainsy lands in Malaysia

    Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy arrived in Kuala Lumpur airport on Saturday afternoon after boarding a flight from Paris, where he has been living for more than four years. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesperson Koy Kuong said on Saturday that Cambodia respected

  • Sokha continues call for dropping of charge after bail conditions reduced

    Not satisfied with having his bail conditions reduced, allowing him to travel freely in Cambodia, Kem Sokha says he wants his charge totally dropped. “As an innocent man who has been in detention for two years even without being found guilty, I continue to demand

  • Prayut indicates no entry into Thailand for CNRP’s Rainsy

    Cambodian government officials on Wednesday welcomed the position of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha after he indicated that Sam Rainsy would not be allowed to return to Cambodia through Thailand. “According to our commitment to Asean, we will not interfere in each other’s internal