Capital Governor Offers Rice to End Garbage Strike, Workers Decline

Confusion reigned after the latest round of negotiations over a garbage collectors’ strike, with workers applauding a speech by Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng before later realizing, according to a unionist, that “none of their demands were accepted.”

Sreng offered every worker 25 kg of rice to return to work by 3 p.m. Wednesday, workers said, but they ultimately declined because what they want is proper compensation.

The garbage collectors’ strike has been ongoing since Friday as more than 2,000 workers fear they will miss out on severance and other benefits amid restructuring of the capital’s waste management operations.

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