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‘Protests will go on’: beer promoters

Angkor beer workers protest in front of the company's head office in Phnom Penh yesterday. Photo supplied
Angkor beer workers protest in front of the company's head office in Phnom Penh yesterday. Photo supplied

‘Protests will go on’: beer promoters

Negotiations between Angkor Beer and its promoters over working conditions failed yesterday, said the promoters, who vowed to resume protesting.

The 22 promoters, who represent their 300 female colleagues, demonstrated on Sunday because they said the beer-maker shifted their hours from 2 to 9pm to 3:30 to 11pm, but didn’t provide mandatory bonuses for working late, and routinely used short six-month contracts. Yesterday’s negotiations lasted all day.

“The company did not seem to care about the workers’ safety and living. We will come to protest again until the company accepts our demands,” said Pov Sinat, the protesters’ representative.

The protesters had com-plained that late hours put them at risk when travelling home, and some said they needed to be with their children earlier.

Ngieb Chheng Leab, the chief of administration at Angkor Beer said, “We need more time to think about it”, after yesterday’s negotiation.

Ou Tepphallin, the deputy head of the Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation, said that under the law late shifts must be voluntary, and workers are entitled to a pay bump after 10pm.

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