Cintri Employees Go Back on Strike, Concerned about Losing their Pay Benefits

If Cintri does not get a garbage-removal contract with Phnom Penh, they fear not getting some money due.

Employees of the garbage-collection company Cintri (Cambodia) Ltd. on Oct. 8 came back on their decision to end their strike, saying they will only return to work when at least two of their five demands are met.

According to Kao Savat, their union president, what workers want above all is to keep their seniority pay and their remaining annual-leave pay. “If they do not get the five points [on their list of demands], and get only these two points, they will continue to work,” he said.

On Oct. 7, worker representatives met with Governor of Phnom Penh Khoung Sreng and Cintri representatives. The company—whose contract with the city is now under negotiation—had agreed to accede to the workers’ demands, promising to settle the termination of employee contracts in accordance with the Labor Law with all the benefits due. Phnom Penh’s City Hall agreed to act as a guarantor.

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