Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rubbish collectors to return to work

Rubbish collectors to return to work

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng meets Cintri workers in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district. Fresh News

Rubbish collectors to return to work

Striking Cintri rubbish collectors will return to work on Thursday following a successful meeting with Phnom Penh municipal authorities on Wednesday.

Some workers have not decided whether to return.

Tes Rukhaphal, the secretary-general of the Committee for the Resolution of Strikes, said Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng asked all workers to return to work on Wednesday, but they asked to start on Thursday.

“Workers will go back to work. The company and the union will further mediate with workers by explaining the law,” he said.

Rukhaphal said the protest is not legal because disputes must be tackled internally first. In this case, he said the workers protested demanding various conditions while the company is still in operation.

At the meeting with Sreng, officials from the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, the company and the union decided the workers’ requests will be discussed after the contract expires.

The parties said the company, which is expected to go out of business, will take responsibility under the law and the Phnom Penh municipal administration will ensure workers don’t lose wages regardless of the company’s future.

Addressing the striking workers at the protest site in front of Cintri headquarters on Wednesday, Sreng said the Phnom Penh Municipal Hall has chosen three companies through an auction to collect waste in the future.

“We will accept you all to work at the other companies and not let you lose your jobs or other benefits,” he said.

Touch Kosal, president of the Cambodia Tourism Workers’ Union Federation, said he wants workers to return to work because the municipal hall and the company already accepted responsibility.

“We have a specific report that we can trust. In the past, we did not understand clearly who was in charge of the workers’ benefits. Now we know that Cintri and the Phnom Penh Municipal Administration is responsible for workers,” he said.

Tourism Federation secretary-general Mi Phan said on Wednesday that some workers who are cleaners agree to go back to work, but drivers and rubbish collectors have yet to decide.

“It is hard. Many workers do not agree to go back to work and they want the company to provide the compensation they requested. I want them to work because they will lose wages and other benefits if they protest for too long,” he said.

One rubbish collector by the name of Sophal said he is not happy with the solution yet, but if most workers go back to work, he will go back too.

Roughly 2,000 rubbish collectors have been on strike since October 2.

MOST VIEWED

  • First Cambodian woman graduates from Japan’s NDA military academy

    A few years ago, Meach Sithyka Jessica became the first-ever Cambodian woman to graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point, and since then her courage and determination has served as an inspiration for other Cambodian women. Similarly, Ly Chansocheata became the first Cambodian

  • Construction begins on $1.5B Kampot seaport

    The International Multi-Purpose Logistics and Port Centre, principally invested by Kampot Logistics and Port Co Ltd and projected to cost $1.5 billion, has officially broken ground in Bokor town, Kampot province. The multi-purpose logistics and port centre, located in Prek Tnaot commune, will be built on

  • Cambodia eyes key role in electronics, auto hubs in SEA

    Two roadmaps, part of the LDC’s economic diversification plan, were designed to see it through its migration process, but experts say the journey might be arduous, particularly in the presence of two established hubs in the region By 2028, Cambodia hopes to have exited the

  • Hun Neng, lawmaker and PM’s brother, passes away aged 72

    Hun Neng, chairman of the 4th Commission of the National Assembly, has passed away from heart disease at the age of 72 on the afternoon of May 5, according to the Ministry of Information. Hun Neng is the older brother of Prime Minister Hun Sen, and was

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with

  • PM meets with US business giants

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has met with a number of major US companies who have expressed interest in investing in Cambodia, in a meeting convened by the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC). A delegation of companies – including Amazon, Meta, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Ford, Visa and Pernod