More than a year after it began, a workers’ strike at the NagaWorld casino complex in Cambodia lingers. It has been, at times, a perilous journey for employees, and damaging to Cambodia’s image on the international stage. Still, there will be negotiations next month that might finally bring the strike to an end.
Workers began striking in December 2021 after NagaCorp, the property’s owner, reduced its workforce following COVID-19. In doing so, the company allegedly tried to arbitrarily rewrite certain labor union agreements.
Since then, workers and union representatives have been in a battle with NagaCorp to see who would give in first. The peaceful strikes have led to arrests and allegations of torture on the part of Cambodian authorities, resulting in public condemnation and charges of human rights violations.