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Minimum wage talks officially begin

Negotiations to determine 2019’s minimum wage for garment workers began at the Labour Ministry yesterday with the issue of worker welfare as the first order of business, the Labour Advisory Committee said. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50529986/minimum-wage-talks-officially-begin/

Talks on new minimum wage start

A ministry announcement yesterday said initial talks to set the parameters for the mew minimum wage were scheduled for this month and discussions between it, employers and unions will take place next month. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50521380/talks-on-new-minimum-wage-start/

Factory workers to march to ministry after salaries unpaid

Aggrieved workers of First Gawon Apparel (Cambodia) plan to march to the offices of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MLVT) again on Tuesday, seeking a solution from the ministry in a salary dispute that has dragged on for more than five months. Heng ...

Yon Sineat
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/factory-workers-march-ministry-after-salaries-unpaid

Workers fired after trying to unionise

For Peng Phalla, a sewing machine repairman by trade, the beginning of the end was December 8 – the day he filed the paperwork to form a union. Phalla had spent the past two years helping a factory in Kampong Cham province churn out baby ...

Yon Sineat and Daphne Chen
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/workers-fired-after-trying-unionise

Unions decry minimum wage rise of $13

Unions are still seething at the new minimum wage figure for garment and footwear industry workers – which the government decided to raise by only $13 per month last Thursday – but stopped short of saying they would organize protests out of a fear for ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30312/unions-decry-minimum-wage-rise-of--13/

Labour Minister seeks strike-free minimum wage talks

Labour Minister Ith Samheng yesterday told stakeholders involved in the upcoming minimum wage negotiations to base their demands on the country’s economic situation, and not to try to influence the process through protests or demonstrations. Talks over the 2017 minimum wage for the garment sector are ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/labour-minister-seeks-strike-free-minimum-wage-talks

Rainsy asks EU to cut imports

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has asked the European Union (EU) to decrease imports of clothing from Cambodia in an effort to put economic pressure on the government into respecting human rights and freedom of speech, saying he believed the act would not affect workers.   ...

Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/27332/rainsy-asks-eu-to-cut-imports/

Law to build confidence

The controversial Union Law, which was passed and put into force after dozens of debates and protests, is expected to build confidence among garment and textile buyers as well as employers and workers, experts said. Sandra D’Amico, vice president of the Cambodian Federation of Employers ...

Chea Vannak
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/26884/law-to-build-confidence/

Labour ministry eyes minimum wage law

The Ministry of Labour is eyeing the creation of a draft law that would codify the sometimes-nebulous process that determines the garment industry’s minimum wage, attendees at the ministry’s annual meeting were told last week. ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/labour-ministry-eyes-minimum-wage-law

Garment factories vote to freeze minimum wage

A majority of members of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, which represents the country’s more than 500 exporting garment factories, have voted against any raise to their workers’ minimum wage next year. ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/garment-factories-vote-to-freeze-minimum-wage-91436/

Dewhirst management ‘intimidated’ workers

Management of an English-owned garment factory yesterday refused a request by union officials to meet to negotiate a possible end of a strike that started on Thursday. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/dewhirst-management-intimidated-workers

Striking Juhui staff look for new jobs

Between 700 and 800 workers from the Juhui Footwear factory in Kampong Cham province have given up on trying to get their jobs back and are looking for work at other factories, while hundreds of others are still waiting for a resolution, a union official ...

Mom Kunthear
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/striking-juhui-staff-look-new-jobs

Unions, bosses ink deal to end SL garment factory dispute

A year after violent clashes broke out between workers from the SL Garment Factory and gun-wielding security forces, leading to the shooting death of a bystander, representatives for workers and management at the factory signed off on a list of agreements this week to end the ...

Sek Odom
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/unions-bosses-ink-deal-to-end-sl-garment-factory-dispute-72685/

Garment union will not protest wage

One of Cambodia’s most prominent garment worker unions, which had battled for a $140 minimum monthly wage in the sector, has decided not to hold street protests against the $128 figure decided by the government on Wednesday. ...

Chhay Channyda
http://phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/garment-union-will-not-protest-wage

Court releases five workers arrested after factory clash

The Kompong Cham Provincial Court on Wednesday released five factory workers on bail three weeks after they were charged with instigating violence and destroying property during a protest that turned violent at the Juhui Footwear factory late last month, according to their lawyer. Clashes at the ...

Aun Pheap
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/court-releases-five-workers-arrested-after-factory-clash-72234/

Cambodia sets minimum wage below union demands

Cambodia on Wednesday increased the monthly minimum wage for garment workers by 28% to $128, falling short of union workers’ demands and creating the potential for further strikes in the country. Ath Thun, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union, said the ...

James Hookway and Sun Narin
http://online.wsj.com/articles/cambodia-sets-minimum-wage-below-union-demands-1415789944

Cambodia raises garment wage, but unions say not enough

Cambodia on Wednesday raised the controversial monthly minimum wage for garment workers by 28 percent, a decision likely to infuriate unions seeking a higher increase and revive calls for strike action. Sixteen members of the Labour Ministry’s Labour Advisory Committee voted for the government-proposed minimum ...

World Bulletin News Staff
http://www.worldbulletin.net/economy/148209/cambodia-raises-garment-wage-but-unions-say-not-enough

No boycott: Union meet could decide wage today

Independent labour unions will take part in the Ministry of Labour’s Labour Advisory Committee (LAC) meeting today, possibly making their decision on next year’s minimum wage in Cambodia’s garment sector. NIFTUC and the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (C.CAWDU) considered boycotting the LAC ...

Sean Teehan
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/no-boycott-union-meet-could-decide-wage-today

Still detained: No answer on bail in Juhui case

An attorney for five people arrested after a violent protest at a Kampong Cham shoe factory said yesterday he is waiting for the court to issue a decision on a bail request he filed on Friday. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/still-detained-no-answer-bail-juhui-case

Union proposal for minimum wage scrapped in Cambodia

Activists have decried a decision by the Ministry of Labour to disregard union pleas for a hike in the minimum wage for some of the country’s 500,000 garment workers, one warning that it could lead to civil unrest. The unions’ wage proposal received only seven ...

World Bulletin News Staff
http://www.worldbulletin.net/union-proposal-for-minimum-wage-scrapped-in-cambodia/147476/union-proposal-for-minimum-wage-scrapped-in-cambodia

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