Union Threatens to Bring Hotel Dispute to Hun Sen

Employees of the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa in Siem Reap City demonstrated outside the provincial court on Friday, threatening to bring their case to Phnom Penh if the court rejected their request to drop an injunction preventing them from protesting at the luxury hotel, according to a union leader.

Morm Rithy, president of the Cambodian Tourism and Service Workers Federation (CTSWF), said about 200 past and present employees were joined by unionists outside the Siem Reap Provincial Court on Friday, and would step up their protests next week if the court decided against them.

He said the protesters would rally outside the house of CPP lawmaker Sieng Nam in Siem Reap City if the injunction was not dropped by Tuesday, seeking his intervention in a dispute that began when the hotel fired two employees who rallied support behind a petition calling for the removal of managers they ac­cused of labor abuses.

If the lawmaker cannot resolve the dispute, Mr. Rithy said, the workers would bring their grievances to Phnom Penh.

“We will submit [petitions] to the Justice Ministry, U.S. and French em­bassies, and the European Union…and finally, we will rally at Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house,” he said.


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