The Collective Union of Movement of Workers has sent a letter to the Ministry of Labour seeking intervention over abusive working conditions for staffers at a casino in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet town.
Pav Sina, CUMW president, said yesterday that his union sent the letter on Friday after uncovering many labour abuses against workers at the Grand Diamond City Casino.
“Since we created the union in Poipet town recently, we found that Grand Diamond is breaking working conditions and not obeying the labour law with their employees,” he said.
According to the letter, the union is demanding that the company rehire a former union representative, Bun Sothy, after he was fired without reason.
It also added that the union wants the casino to obey all labour laws, including standard eight-hour work shifts and back-pay owed to staffers who worked on national holidays but did not receive any bonuses since 2014.
Mr Sina added that the union at first tried to negotiate with the company, but it refused to heed to any demands, so the letter to the ministry was the next step.
“The company must not force workers to work on national holidays or work extra hours without extra pay,” he said.
Mr Sothy, the former union representative who lost his job, said he was fired because he was the one organising workers to form a union and demand better working conditions.
“Some workers must work more than eight hours per day, and sometimes they work on national holidays without pay,” he said. Grand Diamond City Casino could not be reached for comment.
The Banteay Meanchey provincial labour department said it has received the letter and will investigate the case.