Women hotel workers in Cambodia fight illegal mass firings

Workers unfairly terminated for trade union organizing at the five star Angkor Village Hotel and Angkor Village Botanical Resort Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, are fighting for their rights, their jobs, and their union – and need your support.

The IUF-affiliated Cambodian Tourism and Service Workers’ Federation (CTSWF) assisted the workers, mostly women, in organizing unions at both hotels after workers complained of unpaid wages, illegal wage deductions, denial of legal entitlements such as annual leave and public holidays, and poor health and safety conditions. The trade unions were formed on July 4, 2011, according to the law, but on July 25 the owners – Olivier Piot, a French national, and Tep Vattho, a Cambodian national holding a French passport – began illegally terminating workers. From July 25 to August 6 a total of 67 of the 90 workers at both hotels were unfairly dismissed.

The owners later fabricated a range of false charges against the workers to justify their dismissal. It was only after the mass termination that the workers gathered at the hotel to find out why they were dismissed, yet the owners later claimed this was an “illegal strike” and used it as the reason for their termination.

CTSWF won a decision in support of the dismissed workers at the Arbitration Council on August 30. The Council instructed the owners to reinstate all the workers with back pay. The owners refused to accept this decision.
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Workers unfairly terminated for trade union organizing at the five star Angkor Village Hotel and Angkor Village Botanical Resort Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, are fighting for their rights, their jobs, and their union – and need your support. In July the IUF-affiliated Cambodian Tourism and Service Workers’ Federation (CTSWF) assisted the workers, mostly women, in organizing unions at both hotels after workers complained of unpaid wages, illegal wage deductions, denial of legal entitlements such as annual leave and public holidays, and poor health and safety conditions. The hotel owners responded by terminating 67 of the 90 workers.

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