Cambodia’s Naga casino denies union busting as strike continues

Operator's rare public statement follows protests and arrest of workers.

Cambodia’s largest casino operator, NagaWorld, has denied it targeted union members in mass layoffs last year that led to an ongoing strike.

NagaWorld employees on Tuesday began their 37th day of industrial action near Naga’s complex in Phnom Penh, where the company holds a monopoly license to operate casinos.

In a rare public statement, NagaWorld on Monday responded to allegations by the Naga workers union that it targeted members when it terminated more than 1,300 employees last year. It said it was forced to take cost-cutting measures amid the COVID-induced downturn, pointing to its net loss of $77 million in the first half of 2021.

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