In the morning, hundreds of striking workers from garbage collector Cintri gather inside and outside the company’s garages in Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district. Some sit, some stand. Most wear green Cintri vests, while others are in T-shirts and other casual clothing — all of them far cleaner than on a typical working day, they say.
They are gathered to discuss the ongoing labor dispute.
Since last Friday, more than 2,000 workers have gone on strike in an effort to secure severance payments and other benefits ahead of major restructuring of the city’s waste management. They fear that as Cintri’s work is set to split across three companies, benefits they’ve accrued over years of employment will be lost.