Authorities aided alleged union-busting at Puma-supplying factory

In October 2022, Bora believed forming a union at his Takeo province shoe factory would help him and his colleagues gain better benefits. ...

Jack Brook, Sovann Sreypich, and Phin Rathana

IOM: Cambodian migrants in Thailand relatively poor

A study released on Friday by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University has said that the majority of Cambodian migrants in Thailand were “relatively poor”, with many depending on jobs paying less than the country’s minimum wage. ...

Ry Sochan

Cambodian workers ‘vulnerable’ in Thailand

The Office of the UN Resident Coordinator expressed concern on Thursday that some migrants working in Thailand are not enrolled in public health insurance schemes and that their children are unable to attend school. The Thailand Migration Report 2019 estimates that the country currently hosts ...

Khorn Savi

Labor activist seeks aid for migrant workers who may be unable to vote

A labor rights activist has appealed to the government to assist migrant workers in Thailand to cast their votes at the up coming commune council elections.A small number of the roughly 1 million Cambodian workers in Thailand who have managed to register to vote will ...

Men Kimseng

Thousands of Cambodians going to work abroad every month

Up to 10,000 Cambodians seek legal employment abroad every month, according to a Labor Ministry official, and some civil society groups are not pleased with the large exodus of workers from the country. Labor Minister Ith Samheng told reporters on Wednesday that the government sends thousands ...

Mom Kunthear

Nearly 600 repatriated in nine months

In the first nine months of the year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cambodian embassies abroad have helped nearly 600 Cambodians who went to live and work abroad, legally or illegally, to return home. Foreign Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said yesterday that the ministry and ...

Mom Kunthear

Judge calls meeting in US seafood case

A California judge has ordered lawyers representing two US seafood companies to appear in court for a scheduling conference following a lawsuit filed on behalf of seven Cambodians who claim they were duped into a life of servitude working in factories that supply the firms. ...

Men Kimseng

Australia job request

Labor Minister Ith Samheng asked the new Australian ambassador yesterday if her country could take in seasonal workers from Cambodia, prompting disappointment from a number of civil society groups hoping the government would make more of an effort to create jobs here. ...

Mom Kunthear

Inside the corporate utopias where capitalism rules and Labor Laws don’t apply

Under Cambodian law, the right to organize is supposed to be ironclad. No employer, government agent or citizen may impede union activity. Inside the walls of Cambodia’s largest special economic zones (SEZs), however, In These Times’ reporters saw a system designed to tightly control the workforce by ...

Matt Kennard and Claire Provost

Labor advocate launches NGO to unite unions

In the tumultuous lead-up to and aftermath of the 2013 national election, when tens of thousands of people turned out for rallies and marches across the country, it was easy to think that those calling for change were speaking with one voice.But Moeun Tola and ...

Zsombor Peter

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