Angkor Beer Promotion Workers Go on Strike

July 25, 2011 – The beer promotion workers are on strike. Standing poised at 8 am outside of Cambrew’s (producers of Angkor beer) head office in Phnom Penh, the women who sell beer at the beer gardens traded in their pitchers for posters and are demanding the overtime wages that they have been denied.

Protesting in front of Cambrew

A team from Strey Khmer was able to speak with some of the women participating in the strike. On top of being physically, sexually and mentally harassed by over indulgent customers, these women work long hours, including holidays and weekends, earning a measly $50 USD per month. This amount is not sufficient to cover the basic necessities of life for the women and their families.

In July 2011, an Arbitration Council ruled that Angkor had to pay the women overtime wages for working on Sundays. This would mean an extra $2 USD per Sunday, a total of $4 USD a day. Angkor discarded this decision and threatened to terminate the employment of the women who participated in the strike.

Angkor discarded this decision and threatened to terminate the employment of the women who participated in the strike

Assembled at the gates of Cambrew, only pushed aside by aggressive Angkor trucks that break through their human barrier, the women shout that they will not leave until the boss comes out and agrees to pay the overtime they deserve.

Angkor tries to shut out the voices of resistance.

While the women proudly display their posters and conduct interviews with the media, the Cambrew guards slowly roll a solid metal barrier between the protestors and the face of the building. Angkor has tried to shut out the voices of resistance. Instead, the company soon finds that they have blocked themselves in. The women have taken to sitting at the barrier, encouraging one another through songs. They deserve a fair wage and fair opportunity for a decent, dignified life.

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Vision: For all women and girls in Cambodia to have voices to realize their human rights, to be free from harm, and to be treated equally in every area of their life in their homes and communities, in their work place, and in wider society.
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One Response to Angkor Beer Promotion Workers Go on Strike

  1. The women of this amazingly contrasting country are at once it’s heart, soul, backbone and brains. Cambrew have shot themselves in the foot spectacularly. Lucky for them that the vast majority of their consumers will probably not care at all about the plight of these exemplary women.

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