Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Two dollar strike to continue

Two dollar strike to continue

Two dollar strike to continue

110804_4
Angkor Beer promoters protest for overtime wages outside the Cambrew headquarters in Phnom Penh yesterday.

Angkor Beer promoters yesterday rejected an offer from the municipality that would have required them to suspend their strike while officials negotiated a solution for them, telling Phnom Penh’s deputy governor that their protest is legal and that their employer is breaking the law.

“Deputy governor Pa Socheatvong told us to suspend the protest and let city officials resolve it for us, but we said that all we are asking is for the company to respect the decision of the Arbitration Council,” said beer promoter Oum Phary. “What we are doing is not illegal.”

She said that five of the women met with city officials yesterday. They were told they were being unreasonable, Oum Phary said.

More than 30 women have been striking for almost two working weeks to pressure the company, Cambrew, to pay them US$2-a-day overtime when they work on Sundays, following a July 7 decision by the Arbitration Council that said Cambrew was legally obligated to do so.

Yeong Sreymom, who was hospitalised on Tuesday night, said that she lost consciousness after a company van pushed through the protesters. The expectant mother, who remained in a hospital bed yesterday, said she felt weak but hoped to rejoin the protest soon. “I want to keep protesting. I don’t what to give in this time,” she said.

Ou Tep Phally, vice-president of the Cambodian Food and Service Workers’ Federation, said the federation was preparing to sue the driver of the Angkor minivan.

Cambrew executive Chou Choung Kim said the company would resolve the dispute today. He said the same thing on Tuesday. Pa Socheatvong could not be reached.

MOST VIEWED

  • Temi tourism project approved by the CDC

    The $500.4 million Tourism, Ecological, Marine and International (Temi) tourism project has been approved by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), according to a notice on its Facebook page on Monday. The project is part of Chinese-owned Union City Development Group Co Ltd’s (

  • Rainsy will return at ‘favourable time’

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy on Saturday suggested he would not return to Cambodia as he had previously promised, saying that like liberators King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Charles de Gaulle, he would only do so at a “favourable time”. “I will go back to Cambodia

  • NagaWorld casino sees net profit of more than $390M last year

    Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino posted a 53 per cent net profit increase last year at $390.6 million, a sum which is almost equal to the combined net profit of all Cambodian commercial banks in 2017. NagaWorld’s parent company, NagaCorp Ltd, is listed on the Hong Kong

  • US Embassy urged to stop ‘disrespecting sovereignty’

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation called on the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Saturday to respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations after it called former opposition leader Kem Sokha “an innocent man” – a move deemed to be “disrespecting Cambodia’s