Labor

Unions

Blows at capital protest

A union representative is accused of beating a rival over the head with a walkie-talkie during a factory protest yesterday in the latest burst of violence in one of Cambodia’s special economic zones. Bou Sokray, 25, a representative for the Coalition of Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032255198/National-news/blows-at-capital-protest.html

Unions take flyer on mass action

The Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions will hand out the first of more than 60,000 pamphlets to factory workers today as it encourages them to demand a significant wage increase and to strike if their plea is ignored. ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032155159/National-news/unions-take-flyer-on-mass-action.html

Mixed results for protesters

Two protests by garment factory workers in Phnom Penh yesterday achieved very different outcomes. One strike will continue today, but the other ended when company management agreed to workers’ demands. Din Sam Ath, president of the Cambodian Federation of Labour Unions, said the company would comply ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012031555047/National-news/mixed-results-for-protesters.html

Leave Minimum Wage Be, Manufacturers Say

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has said that there should be no discussions on raising the minimum wage until 2014, in response to a request from three garment industry unions for talks on a living wage for workers. The response, sent on Wednesday ...

Garment factories: Minimum wage raise scrutinised

The presidents of three unions have appealed to the Garment Manufacturing Association of Cambodia to improve the “miserable” living conditions of its workers by providing higher wages and better benefits, a letter received by the Post yesterday shows. The letter is dated March 2 and signed ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030554847/National-news/garment-factories-minimum-wage-raise-scrutinised.html

NGOs Urge Cambodia, Malaysia to Agree on Maid Protection

More than 60 Cambodian and international human rights groups and trade unions yesterday called on Cambodia and Malaysia to reach a bilateral agreement that would guarantee strong labor rights and working conditions for Cambodian maids employed in Malaysia. “The time is ripe for the Cambodian ...

Puma officials go to Cambodia after factory shooting

German sportwear maker Puma sent officials to investigate working conditions in Cambodia after a local woman working for one of its suppliers was shot during a labour protest on Monday. The woman, who was employed by Kaoway Sports, was shot during a protest by employees of ...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/23/puma-cambodia-idUSL5E8DN8S820120223

Chea Mony Resigns from Union Confederation Role

Free Trade Union (FTU) President Chea Mony said yesterday that he has split from longtime colleague Rong Chhun by stepping down from his position in the Cambodian Confederation of Unions (CCU). Mr. Mony said he had resigned on Friday from his position as Secretary-General of the ...

http://www.camnet.com.kh/cambodia.daily/

Unions seek changes to labour law

Union leaders are calling for 10 changes to be made to the draft law that will regulate them, including allowing civil servants to form unions, they said yesterday, following a letter calling for two ministers to intervene late last week. The Cambodian Trade Union Coordination Council ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011122653621/National-news/unions-seek-changes-to-labour-law.html

Unions to request litany of changes to draft law

A group of five unions plans to send a petition to the Ministry of Labor on Friday requesting a number of changes in the controversial draft union law. Speaking at a conference in Phnom Penh yesterday, Cambodian Confederation of Unions President Rong Chhun detailed the requests ...

Union heads rally to end short-term contracts

Seven union leaders representing garment workers will send a statement today urging the Ministry of Labor and the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) to decrease the use of temporary labor contracts, because they erode the rights of workers, union leaders said yesterday. Rong Chhun, president ...

Krama petition urges government to abandon trio of laws

Rolling out what may be the world’s longest krama, some 130 protesters presented the National Assembly with a petition yesterday morning bearing thousands of thumbprints urging lawmakers not to pass a trio of pending laws. “We all urge the government to stop its attempt to pass ...

Unions cry foul on temp contracts

Union leaders gathered in the capital yesterday to discuss strategies to curb the garment industry’s widespread use of temporary contracts for hiring workers, saying employers were using them to discourage unions and ensure their workforce remained docile and easy to exploit. They also accused employers of ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011122053506/National-news/unions-cry-foul-on-temp-contracts.html

Strikers ordered back to work

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court ordered on Tuesday that workers striking at Cambo Handsome 1 return to work within 48 hours and banned them from striking in front of the garment factory, in the capital’s Dankgor district. Seang Sambath, president of the Federation of Friendship Unions, ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011120153078/National-news/strikers-ordered-back-to-work.html

Caution: Children at work

Labour legislation in Cambodia is so weak and so often ignored that half the Kingdom’s children between the ages of seven and 14 participate in the workforce, the world’s largest federation of unions has told the World Trade Organisation General Council in Geneva. Children, women and ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011110252486/National-news/caution-children-at-work.html

Observers call for the inclusion of civil servants in union law

Experts yesterday urged the Ministry of Labor to extend the latest draft of a forthcoming trade union law to include civil servants, who are currently shut out of the law in contravention of international conventions Rong Chhun, president of both the Cambodian Confederation of Unions and ...

Trade unions demand change to draft law

A group of independent trade unions yesterday put forth a list of demands for changes to Cambodia’s first trade union law, which will be finalised by the government in the coming months. Unionists said the revisions were necessary, as the current draft law would undermine unions ...

Labour draft law revamped

The government has dropped controversial criminal penalties targeting unionists in its latest draft of the union law, Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh said yesterday. Addressing a meeting of representatives of international apparel brands, including Nike, Adidas and PUMA, unions, government officials and the International Labour Organisation, ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011090751499/National-news/labour-draft-law-revamped.html

Big brands talk labour rights

The biggest names in the apparel industry, including Nike, Puma and Gap, would meet today with officials from the Ministry of Labour to discuss issues plaguing the Cambodian garment manufacturing industry, such as mass fainting and contractual disputes, labour activists said yesterday.  Dave Welsh, country ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011090651477/National-news/big-brands-talk-labour-rights.html

Garment Factory Lease Issues Cause Protests Over Severance

Afraid that the Dai Young Cambodia Co garment factory in Phnom Penh would not be renewing its land lease, more than 800 workers protested on Saturday at the factory in Russei Keo district demanding that the owner sign a guarantee of severance pay, labor unions ...

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