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Cambodia: Waste collection company CINTRI dismisses over 100 employees after losing its license

CINTRI has dismissed over 100 employees were dismissed since 30 December the company lost its license. The company had collected waste in Cambodia for 18 years and was the only waste management company operating. Since their dismissals, employees hold protests and demand compensations. 

Image credit to The Phnom Penh Post

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10 February 2020

Cambodia: Protested CINTRI employees accept compensation deal offered by Phnom Penh authorities and end protests

Author: Long Kimmarita, The Phnom Penh Post

"Ex-Cintri employees accept compensation package, end protests", 6 February 2020

Former employees of waste collection company Cintri (Cambodia) Ltd … accepted a compensation deal offered by Phnom Penh authorities. The agreement ends a series of protests that have forced the closure of sections of Monivong Boulevard.

More than 100 ex-Cintri employees agreed to the compensation package offered by Phnom Penh Municipal Hall, consisting of an undisclosed amount in severance pay and the promise of work at the upcoming Phnom Penh Autonomous Authority.

Nhor Buntha, a representative of the employees, told … that the severance pay is to be disbursed in two instalments. The first payment was made this month and the second will be paid in March…

“I thank the Phnom Penh municipal authorities for helping us. Without their intervention, we wouldn’t have reached an agreement,” Buntha said.

He said the Phnom Penh Municipal Hall told the employees that they could begin work at Phnom Penh Autonomous Authority as soon as it begins operations “in the near future”.

… Centre for Alliance of Labour and Human Rights executive director Moeun Tola congratulated the authorities for finding a solution to the dispute but questioned the deal’s legality.

“According to the law, the compensation money must be paid in full within 48 hours. It cannot be paid over an extended period. But, if the employees agreed to it, then it’s ok,” he said.

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31 January 2020

Cambodia: Over 80 waste collection firm employees seek intervention from PM to find proper compensation for their lay-offs

Author: Long Kimmarita, The Phnom Penh Post

"Upset staffers protest lay-offs at capital’s waste collection firm", 30 January 2020

Some 80 employees at Phnom Penh’s former waste collection company Cintri (Cambodia) Ltd … filed a petition protesting working conditions and seeking Prime Minister Hun Sen’s intervention after the firm laid off more than 100 administrative staffers without proper compensation.

Cintri had been the capital’s sole waste collection company until last October when Hun Sen ended its contract and removed collection fees from the electricity bill…

Nhor Buntha, a protester who gathered in front of the firm in Chamkarmon district’s Tonle Bassac commune …, told … that they would protest until a solution was reached.

He said the protesters had sought intervention from relevant institutions before submitting their petition to Hun Sen. But they were still not provided a solution acceptable to all parties.

“We requested two points – first, we want 100 per cent of our salary, dismissal and seniority indemnity payments and other benefits according to the Labour Law…

Neither Cintri director Seng Savy nor Phnom Penh Municipal Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey could be reached for comment ...

Kong Chamroeun, an official at Hun Sen’s cabinet, told … that he had received the petition and had referred it higher authorities for a decision…

Centre for Alliance of Labour and Human Rights executive director Moeun Tola said the matter would end if the company provided them with proper compensation.

He said if the firm does not follow the Labour Law, the relevant authorities, including the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, are obliged to step in…

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5 January 2020

Cambodia: About 80 workers protest against sudden dismissals by waste collector company CINTRI

Author: Sokun Khut, VOD

"Cintri Workers Protest Over Sudden Dismissals", 3 January 2020

More than 80 office staff from waste collector Cintri protested in front of their company along Monivong Boulevard ... after it laid them off without notice, clear reason or adequate compensation, they said.

Song Soly, a staff member previously employed at the customer service office, told ... that the company had held a meeting ... to inform its staff to stop working that day, promising to give only 50 percent of their severance pay. The staff, he said, protested ... to ask for 100 percent of the severance pay due upon termination.

Song Soly said the layoffs affected their livelihoods as it was difficult to find a new job.

“It affects our families’ livelihoods, which need a daily income,” he said. “With these immediate layoffs, we don’t know how to find jobs.”

Phon Rathpiseth, another office worker, said the move went against Prime Minister Hun Sen’s speech ..., who had said that all staff would be kept even when Cintri lost its license.

... Cintri representatives could not be reached.

Cintri has been the sole license holder for waste collection in Phnom Penh since 1996...

Labor Ministry spokesman Heng Sour said his ministry would find a solution for the workers, but that it was a complicated matter. “This case is not a mathematical calculation of 1 plus 1 equals 2 immediately,” he said. “However, the ministry will side with the workers who are protesting and will find a solution.”

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