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

Factory OKs only part of pay advance

About 600 employees of a Phnom Penh garment factory were to return to work today after walking out with the demand of receiving their salaries before next month’s Water Festival. Ginwin Industry (Cambodia) Co yesterday agreed to pay workers a portion of their wages ahead of ...

Mom Kunthear

Garment factories, unions edge closer to wage deal

Some of the unions that have been demanding a hefty $77 raise to the current monthly minimum wage of $100 for the country’s garment workers said Thursday they were willing to go as low as a $35 increase, though others refused to budge. ...

Mech Dara and Zsombor Peter

Labor minister to face lawmakers’ questions

Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng has agreed to appear before lawmakers today to answer questions about ongoing minimum wage negotiations for garment workers, a controversial draft union law and other pressing labor issues, according to the opposition CNRP. ...

Mech Dara

Unions say gov’t blocking branch registrations

In March, the Ministry of Labor for the first time began requiring union leaders to submit proof they had no previous criminal convictions before they would be allowed to register a new union or local branch. Now, the country’s leading unions say worker representatives are struggling ...

Mech Dara

Wrangling over wage may spur new unrest

Unions representing garment workers have pledged to reignite protests if the minimum wage for the industry is raised to only $115 next year, a sum they say was offered by the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia during a meeting on Friday. The Labour Advisory Committee (LAC) ...

Mom Kunthear

After deal, unions expect support

News of an end to a year-long political deadlock has labour union leaders believing the opposition party can bring their interests to parliament, but a lack of follow-through could cost the Cambodia National Rescue Party vital support from one of its key interest groups. Different union ...

Sean Teehan, Mom Kunthear and Khouth Sophak Chakrya

After factory ignores ruling, garment workers to march

Employees of the Ocean Garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district continued to protest Monday against management’s decision to ignore an Arbitration Council ruling on owed wages. Cheng Chhorn, secretary general of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said the workers will march to ...

Sek Odom

FTU trio held at factory by rivals in union clash

Workers aligned with the Collective Union of Movement of Workers locked three officials from the Free Trade Union inside the Ocean Garment factory in Phnom Penh for eight hours Tuesday after the two unions argued over who would represent workers in a wage dispute. Ocean’s approximately ...

Sek Odom

Workers continue strike over change to pay day

About 1,000 workers from the Canteran factory in Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district continued to strike on Saturday over a decision to push back the day they are paid. The workers have been on strike since Thursday after being told they will be paid on the 10th ...

Mech Dara

200 workers protest against forced overtime

About 200 workers from the Chinese-owned Pollysa (Cambodia) Home Textile factory in Sihanoukville protested Wednesday against the overtime they were being forced to work and the firing of 20 employees earlier this week who refused the extra hours, workers and a union representative said. Starting at ...

Ben Sokhean

Workers faint en masse at coat factory in Bavet

Nearly 50 workers fainted on Saturday at a coat factory in the Tai Seng Special Economic Zone in Bavet City, Svay Rieng, a factory representative said Sunday. The incident was precipitated by one worker who fainted because she was already sick, setting off a chain reaction ...

Hay Pisey

Ocean reps take case to arbitration

Twenty representatives of workers locked in a monthlong dispute with management at the Ocean Garment factory appeared before the Arbitration Council yesterday, a union official said. A spokesman from the Arbitration Council yesterday told the Post that such cases are typically sorted out within 15 working days. ...

Mom Kunthear

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