Talks Continue in ‘Garbage City’ as Labor Ministry Seeks End to Strike

Workers and authorities are set to continue negotiations on Wednesday over a garbage collectors’ strike that has led to major trash pile-ups around Phnom Penh and to some residents calling the capital “Garbage City.”

Fearing that a restructuring of the city’s waste management will lead to loss of seniority bonuses and difficulty in accessing severance pay, more than 2,000 workers at trash collector Cintri have gone on strike, leaving local districts and communes scrambling to contain the thousands of tons of trash Phnom Penh produces every day.

Hat Pitou, 52, a tuk-tuk driver working near Phsar Silip in Daun Penh district, said Tuesday he had seen no improvement in the rate of trash accumulating in the area, and he was getting increasingly concerned about health impacts.

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