Labor

Development and assistance for labor rights and labor unions

Saudi loan to develop workforce

The Ministry of Labour hopes to use a new $20 million loan from Saudi Arabia to develop the country’s workforce. Yousef Ibrahim Al-Bassam, vice president and managing director of the Saudi Fund for Development, led a delegation to Phnom Penh yesterday to discuss plans for ...

Yon Sineat
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/saudi-loan-develop-workforce

Unions ready for minimum wage talks

Pro-government and independent unions are gearing up for negotiations to introduce a national minimum wage by the end of the year. ...

Sen David
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5077058/unions-ready-minimum-wage-talks/

Enhancing PPSEZ’s social responsibility

The Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone and the United Nations Development Programme yesterday entered into an agreement to enhance PPSEZ’s corporate social responsibility in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. ...

Sum Manet
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/39842/enhancing-ppsez---s-social-responsibility/

In wage protest, hundreds of garment workers block road

More than 1,000 garment workers from a factory in Kandal province’s Takhmao City blocked a public road on Wednesday in protest over unpaid wages that have left them struggling to afford food and pay their rents, a union official said. ...

Buth Kimsay
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/in-wage-protest-hundreds-of-garment-workers-block-road-129890/

Unions plan for thousands to join banned Labor Day march

Thousands of workers will once again defy government orders and march through central Phnom Penh this morning to mark International Labor Day, the president of one of Cambodia’s largest independent labor unions said on Monday. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/unions-plan-for-thousands-to-join-banned-labor-day-march-128928/

Unions happy over labor protections

Union officials have applauded the Ministry of Labor which is preparing to ratify some International Labor Organization’s (ILO) conventions, including two that unions, factory workers and domestic workers have long demanded. The Labor Ministry said on Wednesday that to promote and protect the rights, benefits and ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/32695/unions-happy-over-labor-protections/

US still urging Cambodia to broaden and clarify union law

The U.S. is continuing to urge the government to change and clarify key parts of a controversial trade union law that took effect in April, including an amendment to cover civil servants, the U.S.’s international labor affairs representative said on Tuesday. ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/us%E2%80%88still-urging-cambodia-broaden-clarify-union-law-118851/

Nepotism complaint at institute

Sixteen former staff members at the Sihanoukville provincial Multi-Technical Training Institute filed a sweeping complaint against the school’s married directors with the Ministry of Labor over the weekend. ...

Pav Suy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/27480/nepotism-complaint-at-institute/

GIZ pumps euros into workplace inspections

In a bid to reassure European shoppers concerned with unfair labour practices, Germany’s state aid agency GIZ has pledged €1.2 million ($1.3 million) to a new program focused on enhancing Cambodia’s labour inspections system for the garment sector. ...

Charles Rollet
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/giz-pumps-euros-workplace-inspections

Unions warn against ‘race to the bottom’

As the ASEAN Economic Community agreement nears its implementation on December 31, a network of trade unions has warned that the regional labour market’s liberalisation could spark a “race to the bottom” and harm poor Cambodian workers due to rampant cost-cutting. ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unions-warn-against-race-bottom

CNRP picks union law team

The opposition has selected five of its members to join a bipartisan committee to examine the draft trade union law, a step the ruling party has not yet made amid murkiness about when the group will actually meet.The law has come under fire from independent ...

Charles Rollet and Khouth Sophak Chakrya
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cnrp-picks-union-law-team

More than 50,000 migrants deported by Thailand in 2015

More than 50,000 Cambodian migrants were deported from Thailand through the Poipet International Border Checkpoint, the main point of return for migrants, since the beginning of this year, according to a Banteay Meanchey provincial police official. ...

Saing Soenthrith
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/more-than-50000-migrants-deported-by-thailand-in-2015-102223/

Takeo factory dispute negotiations prove fruitless

Unionists, factory representatives and Labor Ministry officials on Thursday failed to find a solution for about 1,600 employees of a garment factory in Takeo province who were fired for striking last month, and the case will be passed along to the Arbitration Council, a ministry ...

Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/takeo-factory-dispute-negotiations-prove-fruitless-100231/

Global march for decent work

Workers across the globe took to the streets on Wednesday to mark the World Day for Decent Work.In South Africa, the largest union federation, Cosatu, held marches across the country to highlight a number of socioeconomic issues. ...

ioL News Staff
http://mobi.iol.co.za/#!/article/global-march-for-decent-work-1.1926469

Minimum wage should fall not rise: GMAC

With the fight over the minimum wage hike for the garment and footwear industry coming to a head, factory owners are already digging in their heels, saying any increase in the $128 a month wage could seriously damage an industry that is facing rising competition ...

Chea Takihiro
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/16269/minimum-wage-should-fall-not-rise--gmac/

Independent Unions raise minimum wage demand

A group of independent unions say they will push for a new monthly minimum wage of $207 for garment workers when three-way negotiations with the government and factories begin in earnest next week. ...

Mech Dara and Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/independent-unions-raise-minimum-wage-demand-to-207-94090/

Migrants’ dream turns into pesticide nightmare

Promises of well-paying jobs in Malaysia turned into a nightmare for four young men repatriated from the country last week with help from rights group Adhoc. The four – who range from 18 to 24 years old – had been sold to a plantation ...

Chea Takihiro
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/15416/migrants----dream-turns-into-pesticide-nightmare/

FTU boss says no cash for election

Chea Mony, the Free Trade Union president who announced in July that he was stepping down from his post, has said the union does not yet have the money available to hold a congress to vote in a new president. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ftu-boss-says-no-cash-election

New union group formed

A new collective of transportation workers unions was announced on Sunday by the Cambodia Labour Confederation, Cambodia’s largest association of independent unions.The Cambodian Transport Workers Federation (CTWF) is composed of seven transportation workers unions and currently represents about 2,000 workers, according to Ath Thorn, president ...

Charles Rollet and Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-union-group-formed

Limousine drivers strike deal with company

A group of 55 drivers who briefly went on strike last month settled their dispute with the Royal Cambodian Limousine Service over unpaid overtime wages on Monday, agreeing to accept between $600 and $700 per driver, according to a representative of the drivers. Chhay Buntha, ...

Kang Sothear
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/business/limousine-drivers-strike-deal-with-company-91462/

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