Siem Reap Cultural Village Staff Protest for Wages, Bargaining Deal

Staff at a Siem Reap cultural tourism complex negotiated with management and provincial labor officials on Tuesday, a worker representative said, a day after more than 40 employees protested outside the attraction calling for an end to salary cuts and a bargaining agreement.

Rith Simol, a 36-year-old traditional dance trainer at the Cambodian Cultural Village in Siem Reap City, said workers on Monday continued protests that began on August 14, demanding the performing arts and entertainment center’s employers sign a collective bargaining agreement and reinstate five workers to their positions in the village’s art office, where workers said they were able to make requests and raise concerns.

Amid the global economic downturn and slumping tourism sector resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, the company has reduced staff wages by 20 percent since March and took away a $25 monthly food stipend, Simol said.

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