NagaWorld Casino Workers Protest After Suspension Pay Cut

About 200 NagaWorld employees demonstrated at the Labor Ministry on Tuesday after Phnom Penh’s sole licensed casino operator stopped offering workers suspension pay while casinos remain closed amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chhim Sithar, president of NagaWorld’s employee union, told VOD that the company had originally agreed to pay workers 50 percent of their salaries while the casino was temporarily shut under government order due to the pandemic, but NagaWorld had stopped paying them as of this month.

Sithar said the union presented the ministry with three union-favored options that the company could take: pay workers 30 percent of their salaries and loan another 20 percent from future salaries; lend workers $300 every month until they can return to work; or allow workers to borrow the value of their salaries for 15 remaining paid holidays. Employees who work on a holiday receive 300 percent of their normal daily wages.

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