Fired Angkor Beer Factory Manager Drops Complaint

The union that organized large protests at Sihanoukville’s Cambrew factory last month accused the warehouse manager it was supporting of betrayal on Monday after he dropped his complaint against the brewery.

Lim Roth, who claimed he was unfairly fired by the Angkor Beer maker, accepted a payout from Cambrew prior to an Arbitration Council meeting on Monday. “Lim Roth betrayed the workers.

We would have won for sure if he had not dropped the demands,” said Ken Mao, a representative of the Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation.

The union rallied hundreds of workers behind demands for the brewery to reinstate Mr. Roth; dismiss Y.K. Wong, Cambrew’s general manager; and provide one free meal per shift for every worker.

Mr. Roth, 45, said he dropped the demands because Cambrew offered him “fair compensation,” declining to specify how much he was paid.

“The Cambrew factory wouldn’t reinstate me, no matter what,” he said. “I received a fair compensation and acquired what I needed.” Chheng Sopheak, Cambrew’s head of human resources, could not be reached for comment.

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