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Strikers descend on ministry

Shouting their demands and trying to force their way through the gate, thousands of striking garment workers rallied in front of the Ministry of Social Affairs to no avail yesterday. The strikes came the morning after management posted a notice saying some 6,000 striking workers ...

Mom Kunthear and Sean Teehan
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/strikers-descend-ministry

Labour negotiations begin at SL Garment factoy

A meeting between factory management and representatives of more than 5,000 striking workers at one of Asia’s largest garment-processing factories yielded no progress. Ken Loo, secretary-general of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, has called the strike illegal because workers failed to notify the company ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/labour-negotiations-begin-sl-garment-factoy

Should Minimum Wage Be Market Driven or Government-Dictated?

Manufacturers and unions aligned with the ruling CPP yesterday said the current labor shortage inside the garment industry would act as an incentive for employers to increase salaries, and that there was no need for the government to impose a new minimum wage. During a meeting ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Garment factory worker strikes increased threefold in 2012

Strikes staged by garment and footwear factory workers more than tripled in 2012 compared to 2011, with more than 100,000 workers participating in at least one strike, an official of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) said yesterday. “Historically, prior to any elections, we will see a ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Cambodia's Free Trade Union offers minimum wage plan

In the latest bid for an increase in garment-industry wages, Free Trade Union (FTU) president Chea Mony yesterday called on the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) to come to the table and discuss a $120-per-month minimum wage. A few days after Cambodian Confederation of Unions ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013010460628/National/cambodia-s-free-trade-union-offers-minimum-wage-plan.html

Vietnam raises minimum pay

A new decree that increases the minimum wage of workers in Vietnam will not necessarily lead to companies relocating to Cambodia, according to officials. “The Vietnam government has issued [a] decree, which takes effect from January 1, to adjust the minimum wages paid to workers by ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com

Unions to Protest Court Ruling in Triple Shooting

Union leaders are planning a demonstration in January to protest the Svay Rieng Provincial Court’s decision last week to drop charges against the former Bavet City governor, Chhouk Bundith, who was the chief suspect in the shooting of three garment factory workers during a violent ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

ADB Report Says Cambodia Must Train More Skilled Workers

Cambodia is in need of more skilled workers in order for the economy to grow and move beyond basic manufacturing jobs, the Asia Development Bank (ADB) said in a new report. “The skills demand in Cambodia is for low-skilled workers, and this demand reinforces the current ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Cambodia to get its first garment training institute

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has inked an agreement with French international development agency – Agence Francaise de Development (AFD), for obtaining a loan of US$ 3.5 million to set up [sic] first garment training institute in the country. As per the agreement the ...

http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=118660

Cambodia's cheap labour attracts interest

TK Garment Co Ltd, a leading Thai original equipment manufacturer for fashion lines in Thailand, is relocating its largest production site to Cambodia to escape high wage costs, the Bangkok Post reported yesterday. According to Ken Loo, secretary general of the Garment Manufacturers Association in ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012120560104/Business/cambodias-cheap-labour-attracts-interest.html

Five Arrested for Stealing Clothing in Cargo Container Heist

Five people were arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly stealing more than 8,000 articles of clothing from shipping container on its way to Phnom Penh for export to the U.S., police said. The five suspects are accused of removing the garments from the cargo container as ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Unions Set to Discuss Agreement on Strikes

After months of standstill, unions and the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) are expected to convene at the end of the month to discuss an expired memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at reducing the amount of strike actions in the country, union leaders said ...

Union, Factories No Closer to Mediation Deal

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) and the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union (CCAWDU) remained at odds yesterday over an expired deal to cut down on strikes despite an appeal from some major brands that they renew the arrangement. GMAC Chairman Van Sou ...

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