Giant hotel casino in Cambodia suspends union president over labour rights issues


Union president Khmer Employees of Naga Hotel has been suspended by Cambodia’s giant NagaWorld Hotel Casino for defending her members’ right to bargain their wages.

The 5-star NagaWorld Hotel Casino in Phnom Penh has 1,685 rooms and suites – but no room for the right of its thousands of employees to collectively negotiate their wages through collective bargaining – a universally-recognized human right.

For nearly two decades, labour rights groups supported Union of Khmer Employees of Naga Hotel has struggled for rights and recognition against a hostile management. In May, 2019 the union launched a campaign to bargain wages for the first time and now faces a management backlash.

Union president Chhim Sithar, who is also a member of the IUF Asia/Pacific Regional Youth Committee and IUF Women’s Committee, was suspended on September 20 for allegedly breaching company rules after she assisted a union member being harassed by security over union materials in her bag.

On the October 15-16, mass membership meeting of the union’s more than 4,400 members, they unanimously confirmed their commitment to fighting Sithar’s suspension and continuing their struggle for wage bargaining rights. (Source: IUFGLobal)