Cambodia Casino Staff Strike Over Pay At Billion-dollar Gambling Den - UrduPoint

Friday 10th January 2020

About 3,000 workers joined the rare walkout in front of the NagaWorld complex in the capital, one of around 100 casinos which have shot up -- many in the last few years to serve a flood of Chinese customers - across the kingdom.

But workers, who earn between $190-300 a month, say the rewards have not trickled down to them.

"We are demanding a pay increase to $500 a month for casino staff and $300 for people who work in the hotel," trade unionist Chhim Sithar told AFP.

The protesters are also demanding the reinstatement of a union president who was suspended by the company in September after she tried to protect a worker's rights.

"The company made a huge profit in recent years," said Sithar, the suspended union official.

Company management could not be reached immediately for comment.

NagaCorp, which has the exclusive licence to operate in Phnom Penh until 2065, is building a third casino in the capital hoping to lasso in more VIP customers from China, who beat a ban on gambling in the mainland by going on overseas junkets.

Cambodia is one of Southeast Asia's poorest countries and its citizens are officially barred from playing in the casinos.

The country has a complex relationship with gambling.

Over 60 have closed in southern Sihanoukville in recent months after Beijing asked its Cambodian ally to shut down online gambling by Chinese punters using the kingdom's casino's to bet for networks based in the mainland.

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