In Phnom Penh, Nagaworld lockdown means casino workers are suffering

On Labour Day 2020, NagaWorld union President Chhim Sithar says employees are financially struggling while waiting for Phnom Penh's sole gambling operator to reopen. But even during the Covid-19 shutdown, Sithar says the global fight for labour rights will go on.

Usually abuzz with electronic lights, flipping cards and human voices, the tables at the gleaming NagaWorld casino resorts in Phnom Penh have finally gone silent.

The towering casino and hotel complexes near the city’s Diamond Island addition closed 1 April by order of Prime Minister Hun Sen as a preventive measure in the Cambodian fight against Covid-19.

Now, without the stream of mostly Chinese gamblers that made the sole casino operator in the capital by some measures one the largest gaming operations in Southeast Asia, about 9,000 employees that make their living between the two neighbouring NagaWorld facilities are left to wonder what their fortunes will hold.

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