Largest Casino Worker Strike Victory Highlights Wider Rights Issues

While the recent strike resulted in a pay rise commitment, it also spotlighted the wider rights issues and economic challenges for some workers.

Thousands of Cambodian casino workers have returned to work after rare protests and a days-long strike, deemed by the courts as illegal, won them pay rises and reinstatement of a union leader who was sacked after campaigning for a better deal.

Any signs of dissent have been rare in Cambodia since a crackdown on opposition voices and the press was launched ahead of the 2018 elections, which returned the country to a one-party state.

But workers at NagaCorp casino, the largest of its kind in the country, which enjoys a gaming monopoly within a 200 kilometer exclusivity zone around Phnom Penh, were fed up with paltry pay and launched a strategically clever industrial campaign.

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