Issues Remain as Union Law Enters Final Phase

As the creation of Cambodia’s first law on trade unions enters a final phase this week, labor activists and unions said the draft law as it stands is in urgent need of revision, as it would cripple unions and severely undermine collective bargaining rights. They warned yesterday that mass demonstrations would follow if the current draft were adopted, and said the law might even violate international labor guidelines, which in turn could deal a blow to the garment sector’s access to its key US market. The government, labor groups and employers have been holding consultations for more than a year over the law, which would govern industrial relations and union membership.