Gov’t urged to halt building collapses, protect workers

Civil society organisations (CSOs) have urged the government to take preventative measures and tougher action following a series of tragic building collapses that have claimed nearly 70 lives since last year. The call was made during a conference jointly organised by the Centre for Alliance ...

Voun Dara

Ministry report notes drop in number of construction workers

The Land Management Ministry has released a report which says the number of workers in the construction sector during the first nine months of this year has dropped by more than 30 percent when compared to the same period last year. However, its findings are being ...

Mom Kunthear

Construction workers call for safety measures from ministry

An estimated 200 members of construction sector unions gathered in front of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training on the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on Sunday to deliver petitions asking for issues facing construction workers to be addressed. ...

Long Kimmarita

Concerns over construction safety

The government earlier this week announced the creation of a national committee tasked with improving safety standards on construction sites and ensuring the welfare of labourers. In an attempt to curb construction site accidents, the Labour Ministry on Monday said that the new national committee ...

Sen David

Labourers protest unpaid wages

Seventy construction workers in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet staged a protest yesterday after the labour agency that found them jobs failed to pay their salaries, totaling more than $30,000 over four months, as agreed. ...

Sen David

Labourers seek benefits

The Building and Wood Workers Trade Union Federation of Cambodia has renewed its call for a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen because its members need the government to take care of them. ...

Sen David

CARE: females slog but paid less

Female workers are still being paid less than their male counterparts on construction sites, while building companies value male construction workers as more skilled than women, according to a CARE Cambodia report released Friday. CARE’s research paints a comprehensive picture of the situation of women working ...

Sum Manet

Gov’t vows crackdown on lawbreaking contractors

Contractors that dodge requirements to register with the social security fund, leaving workers to foot their hospital bills alone, will start facing harsher legal penalties, the director of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) said.  ...

Jonathan Cox and Tin Sokhavuth

Labour’s 10 per cent rule

The Ministry of Labour has issued a prakas urging employers to follow existing regulations in the Labour Law that limit foreign workers to 10 per cent of the total workforce at any one company. It has warned that failure to stay within this limit – or ...

Sen David and Kevin Ponniah

Kampot Cement Company workers on strike

About 200 workers employed by a sub-contractor of Kampot Cement Company went on strike for several hours Tuesday, demanding better wages as well as annual leave, a union representative said. “The reason they went on strike is that they want Banjamag company to implement five points” ...

Hay Pisey

Standards Building Up Safety Fears

When a 100-metre-long section of a Phnom Penh garment factory crumpled in on itself like a cheap pup tent, Sen Sok district officials promised an investigation. The results of that investigation, which was to have taken place more than a year ago, in March 2012, ...

Construction site mishap injures four

Four construction workers were injured, two seriously, when a wall dividing their building site from a school collapsed on them yesterday, police said, the latest in a string of mishaps in Cambodia’s burgeoning construction industry. The brick wall, between the site of an apartment complex being ...

Angkor Restorers ink first bargaining pact

Under the shade of Angkor’s canopies and twisted Banyan trees, more than 100 restoration workers watched yesterday afternoon as union delegates signed their first collective bargaining agreement, in what union advocates say should set a precedent for Cambodia’s construction industry. Over the past two years, the ...

Claire Knox and Mom Kunthear, P. 5

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