Labor

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Thailand frees six Cambodian refugees six months after detention at Paris Peace Agreement training

Six refugees who were arrested during a Paris Peace Agreements (PPA) training on December 29 last year and detained at the Suan Plu Immigration Detention Center in Thailand were released from mid-June to June 25. ...

Seoung Nimol and Tep Suokeany
https://cambojanews.com/thailand-frees-six-cambodian-refugees-six-months-after-detention-at-paris-peace-agreement-training/

Oxfam urges overhaul of garment subcontractor standards to ensure decent employment for women workers

Oxfam has released a research report urging an overhaul of standards for garment subcontractors, to ensure decent employment and social safeguards for women workers. The organisation’s research finds that women in these subcontracted companies have not yet received appropriate protections. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/oxfam-urges-overhaul-of-garment-subcontractor-standards-to-ensure-decent-employment-for-women-workers

Official: “No child labour found at brick kilns”

Prime Minister Hun Manet and many government ministries celebrated this year’s June 12 World Day Against Child Labour, held under the theme “Let’s act on our commitments: End Child Labour!” ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/official-no-child-labour-found-at-brick-kilns-

State institutions ensure seated flatbed trucks for garment workers by 2024, buses by 2027

After several rounds of discussion since 2018, state institutions on Wednesday vowed to make it safer for workers across the country to have chairs to sit on while traveling to and from work, which has typically been flatbed trucks. ...

Phon Sothyroth
https://cambojanews.com/state-institution-ensure-seated-flatbed-trucks-for-garment-workers-by-2024-buses-by-2027/

Render justice on wing star union’s chief, CATU urges Kampong Speu court

About 40 trade union representatives and members of the Cambodian Confederation of Trade Unions (CATU) gathered at Chea Chan’s trial at the Kampong Speu Provincial Court, with banners on Wednesday, demanding his release. ...

Sovann Sreypich
https://cambojanews.com/render-justice-on-wing-star-unions-chief-catu-urges-kampong-speu-court/

Union leader Morm Rithy convicted for criticizing Chinese-owned Jin Bei Casino two years ago

Union leader Morm Rithy was arrested after being convicted on charges of incitement to commit a crime following a lawsuit by Chinese-owned Jin Bei Group and has been sent to Prey Sar prison where he will serve an 18-month sentence. ...

Khuon Narim and Ly Rosslan
https://cambojanews.com/union-leader-morm-rithy-convicted-for-criticizing-chinese-owned-jin-bei-casino-two-years-ago/

New minimum wage in effect, up $4 per month

With the arrival of a new calendar year, workers in textile, garment, footwear, and travel goods factories are set to enjoy a new minimum monthly salary of $204. The new figure is $4 higher than the 2023 wage. ...

Van Socheata
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-minimum-wage-in-effect-up-4-per-month

Calls out for vocational programme enrollments

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has urged young people to promptly register for courses at technical institutes throughout the country. The move follows the government’s official announcement of a national programme on technical and vocational training for 1.5 million young individuals from impoverished ...

Van Socheata
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/calls-out-for-vocational-programme-enrollments

Giant Ibis Union’s fight remains as the company goes back on promise

 Living in a small concrete house with his wife and two young children, one kilometer away from Takhmao Bridge, ex-Giant Ibis Transportation employee Or Chanthy, 45, contemplates life’s challenges. ...

Eung Sea
https://cambojanews.com/giant-ibis-unions-fight-remains-as-the-company-goes-back-on-promise/

Swiss support bolsters vocational training efforts

The Swiss government has reiterated its commitment to collaborate with the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training to bolster technical instruction aimed at enhancing the skills of Cambodian youth. ...

Bor Pich Zelin
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/swiss-support-bolsters-vocational-training-efforts

Worker minimum wage talks for 2024 underway

The third mandate of the National Council on Minimum Wage (NCMW) held an August 16 meeting to discuss the minimum wage for workers in the textile, garment, footwear and travel goods sector. ...

Van Socheata
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/worker-minimum-wage-talks-2024-underway

Policy improves garment workers’ safety but leaves bus drivers deep in debt

An ongoing NGO and Labor Ministry initiative aims to make garment workers’ commute safer by shifting their daily transportation from typically flatbed trucks to enclosed buses, but the costs of the expensive upgrades are being placed on drivers. ...

Sovann Sreypich
https://cambojanews.com/policy-improves-garment-workers-safety-but-leaves-bus-drivers-deep-in-debt/

PM calling for labour rights, swift resolutions

Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on provincial governors to safeguard workers’ rights and promptly address labour issues at the grassroots level, without waiting for intervention from the labour ministry. ...

Sok Raksa
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-calling-labour-rights-swift-resolutions

NEA slated to hold job forum in S’ville

The National Employment Agency (NEA) of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training is gearing up to hold a job forum in Village 5 of Sihanoukville’s Commune IV on April 26, with around 1,000 jobs at large private firms on offer. ...

Rann Reuy
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/nea-slated-hold-job-forum-sville

NGO calls for extension of maternity leave in Kingdom

The Scaling Up Nutrition Network (SUN), which represents more than fifty national and international civil society organisations and the SUN UN network, which represents four agencies, offered their congratulations to the government for recent workshops held to promote breastfeeding and the introduction of increased maternity ...

Post staff
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngo-calls-extension-maternity-leave-kingdom

Unions plan Workers’ Day march for May 1

Representatives from the Cambodian Confederation of Unions (CCU) and the Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions (CATU) – along with trade unions and associations working in the labour sector – announced their intention to celebrate the 137th anniversary of International Workers’ Day on May 1, with ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unions-plan-workers-day-march-may-1

Cambodia government moves to quash fears of forced labour in garment sector

In a video conference with the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and VF Corporation, Cambodia’s Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce, Sok Sopheak, who heads the commission for manufacturing subcontract management in the garment, textile and footwear industry, said the country will ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501259866/cambodia-government-moves-to-quash-fears-of-forced-labour-in-garment-sector/

PM: Factory workers on suspension get support

Prime Minister Hun Sen has officially announced that the government will provide cash assistance to over 32,000 workers in the textile-related sectors whose employment has been suspended due to a reduction in purchasing orders, or whose factories have ceased operations. ...

Neang Sokunthea
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-factory-workers-suspension-get-support

Suspended factory workers to receive allowances, says PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday that the government will provide allowances to 32,000 factory workers, including 26,000 women, who have lost their jobs due to factory suspensions amid declining orders. ...

Seng Mengheng
https://kiripost.com/stories/cambodia-suspended-factory-workers-to-receive-allowances-says-pm

NagaWorld union leader defends strike’s legality on day two of trial

 On the second day of trial for nine NagaWorld union members accused of incitement, the Phnom Penh municipal court prosecutor claimed union leader Chhim Sithar had been directing an illegal protest while Sithar maintained she was merely participating in a legal strike aligned with labor ...

Sovann Sreypich
https://cambojanews.com/nagaworld-union-leader-defends-strikes-legality-on-day-two-of-trial/

Employment rate over 99%: Labour minister

Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Samheng said that ensuring the development of a resilient and well-paid labour market with better working conditions has contributed to the implementation of the strategic plan for the development of the employment sector. ...

Post Staff
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/employment-rate-over-99-labour-minister

Incitement trial begins for NagaWorld union leader and eight strikers

NagaWorld union leader Chhim Sithar and eight co-defendants appeared for their first day of trial in Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday. Sithar and all her colleagues, except for one, denied the incitement charges against them. ...

Khuon Narim and Sovann Sreypich
https://cambojanews.com/incitement-trial-begins-for-nagaworld-union-leader-and-eight-strikers/

NagaWorld dispute drags on with 25th meeting

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training remains unable to find a solution to the labour dispute between NagaWorld and its dismissed employees, while civil society organisations call on the ministry to end its role as mediator and for the use of existing legal mechanisms ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/nagaworld-dispute-drags-25th-meeting

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