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PM calls for halt to ‘illegal’ protests

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday called on labour unions to immediately stop organising demonstrations and strikes to “illegally” demand benefits from factory owners. He said such actions could spin out of hand and force around two-thirds of the Kingdom’s factories, approximately 800 of the ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-calls-halt-illegal-protests

Union claims casino labour abuse

The Collective Union of Movement of Workers has sent a letter to the Ministry of Labour seeking intervention over abusive working conditions for staffers at a casino in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet town. ...

Sen David
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5099378/union-claims-casino-labour-abuse/

Campaign decries short contracts

Nearly 1,000 workers from the Collective Union of Movement of Workers on Saturday kicked off a campaign to demand government intervention to end short-term contracts being peddled to a majority of garment workers. ...

Sen David
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5085121/campaign-decries-short-contracts/

Ministry pushes fortnightly pay

The Labor Ministry is encouraging employers, with the support of unions, to implement article 116 of the Labor Law, which requires owners of enterprises and factories to pay their workers twice a month. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/36951/ministry-pushes-fortnightly-pay/

Decline in labor complaints compared with last year

Labor dispute complaints in the garment and textile sector declined last year compared with 2015, according to the Arbitration Council, which attributed the drop to the Trade Union Law. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35923/decline-in-labor-complaints-compared-with-last-year/

Don’t increase garment workers’ rent, says pm

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday urged landlords not to indiscriminately increase the price of rent in light of the upcoming hike in the wages of garment workers next year. Speaking at the inauguration of the Coca-Cola factory in the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone, the ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/32799/don---t-increase--garment-workers-----rent--says-pm/

Unions, GMAC at the table

Employer representatives and trade unions sat down across from each other for the first time yesterday for head-to-head negotiations over next year’s garment sector minimum wage, with factory owners reluctantly offering a small $2 increase to their earlier proposal of $144.20. ...

Lay Samean and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unions-gmac-table

Unions tout ‘living wage’ ahead of minimum wage talks

Unions meeting on Friday arrived at an estimated cost-of-living salary for garment workers ahead of minimum wage talks, one remarkably similar to the monthly wage they’ve demanded two years running, though suggested the final number they push for will be higher. ...

Sen David and Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unions-tout-living-wage-ahead-minimum-wage-talks

Workers in the dark on controversial draft union law

With the National Assembly set to vote on whether to adopt the controversial trade union law on Monday, the majority of Cambodia’s industrial workers remain unaware of the crossroads at which Cambodia’s employers and workers stand.   ...

Ananth Baliga, Sen David and Daniel de Carteret
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/workers-dark-controversial-draft-union-law

Hundreds pray for release of unionists

Hundreds of workers from the Agile Sweater factory in Kampong Speu province gathered in front of the provincial court yesterday, praying for authorities to release five unionists arrested at the factory on Tuesday. ...

Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hundreds-pray-release-unionists

Cambodian garment factory workers demonstrate for subsidies

At least 500 workers from three garment factories in Cambodia demonstrated on Tuesday outside the Labor Ministry in the capital Phnom Penh, demanding that government officials intervene in their quest for better working conditions and food and transportation subsidies. ...

Tha Thai
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/garment-factory-workers-demonstrate-for-subsidies-07142015132610.html

Government announces start of garment sector wage talks

The Labor Ministry on Friday announced that formal negotiations to set a new minimum wage for the country’s all-important garment sector—now at $128 a month—will begin in July, reviving the same schedule for talks it used with unions and employers for the first time last ...

Mech Dara
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/government-announces-start-of-garment-sector-wage-talks-85550/

Ministry hits back over Union law

The Ministry of Labor issued a statement Friday claiming that the controversial draft Trade Union Law is aimed at protecting the rights of workers, after unions announced they would write to the ministry, the National Assembly and the European Union next week calling for the ...

Mech Dara
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ministry-hits-back-over-union-law-84636/

Factory to reopen after mass faintings

A garment factory in Svay Rieng province where more than 100 workers fainted in recent days invited six monks to drive out the building’s “bad spirits” on Tuesday and will reopen on Wednesday after agreeing to improve the facility’s ventilation. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/factory-to-reopen-after-mass-faintings-78169/

Authorities warn union leader

Police on Friday warned labour union leader Pav Sina that if he continues to lead protests – thereby violating the rules of a court order – he will be arrested. The Collective Union of Movement of Workers leader was called to the Choam Chao commune police ...

Mom Kunthear
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/authorities-warn-union-leader

Most are OK with the new wage, not all

After meeting with members, several labour union leaders yesterday said that they will not hold protests against the government-set garment industry minimum wage for 2015. Minister of Labour Ith Sam Heng last week approved $128 as 2015’s minimum monthly wage in Cambodia’s garment sector. The increase, ...

Mom Kunthear
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/most-are-ok-new-wage-not-all

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

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

Garment wage talks fall apart

The tripartite working group set up to negotiate and advise the Ministry of Labour’s Labour Advisory Committee (LAC) on next year’s minimum wage in Cambodia’s garment sector has stopped meeting after reaching a stalemate. Made up of 27 members – nine each from employers, the government ...

Sean Teehan and Mom Kunthear
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/garment-wage-talks-fall-apart

Wage talks remain in deadlock

The third day of negotiations between members of a working group trying to reach a consensus on the minimum monthly garment wage remained stagnant yesterday, as manufacturers refused to budge from their $110 offer. ...

Mom Kunthear and Sean Teehan
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/wage-talks-remain-deadlock

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