Talks over labor dispute at Siem Reap hotel break down

Negotiations between Siem Reap’s Le Meridien Angkor Hotel and its employees over a labor dispute involving reduced wages and the termination of three union activists broke down on August 3 after the provincial labor department said it would address the two issues separately.

Touch Kosal, president of the Cambodia Tourism Workers’ Union Federation (CTWUF) said August 4 that the previous day, the provincial labor department had invited union, worker, and hotel representatives to negotiate the dispute, which stemmed from a pay reduction due to a loss of business amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.

On July 9 and 10, Le Meridien Angkor had terminated three activists of Le Meridien Angkor Trade Union, accusing them of inciting workers, after the three had collected thumbprints asking that their salaries be reduced by 20% instead of 35%, he said.

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