Governments target trafficking

Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos are joining forces to boost their fight against human trafficking in the region, the kingdom’s National Police chief said yesterday. ...

Pech Sotheary

Minimum wage for all a step closer

The Ministry of Labor said yesterday that it was working with experts and International Labor Organization (ILO) officials to create a draft law laying out the monthly minimum wage for workers in a variety of fields outside the garment and textile industry, which late last ...

Mom kunthear

Government, labor body cement ties

Because of improved working conditions in garment and footwear factories across the Kingdom, the government yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to continue implementing the Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) program for three more years. During a celebration commemorating the 15th anniversary of BFC, Labor Minister ...

Mom Kunthear

US still urging Cambodia to broaden and clarify union law

The U.S. is continuing to urge the government to change and clarify key parts of a controversial trade union law that took effect in April, including an amendment to cover civil servants, the U.S.’s international labor affairs representative said on Tuesday. ...

Zsombor Peter

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 court to be ready next year

The Labor Court will be ready to hear cases by the end of next year, according to officials from the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training. The court is being optimistically designed to effectively resolve labor disputes in the garment sector, Labor Minister Ith Samheng said ...

Chea Vannak

ILO congratulates Cambodia’s consensus on workers’ monthly minimum wage

The International Labor Organization (ILO) has expressed its appreciation for Cambodia’s decision to increase the minimum wage of garment, textile and footwear workers to US$140 per month, according to an ILO’s statement received by the state news agency-AKP this afternoon.   ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

For labor leaders, Law on Unions remains a concern

Labor leaders say they are concerned that a number of unions would be shuttered if a new law to govern them is passed. Labor Minister Ith Samheng said the law will not “put pressure” on unions. “We take unions and other vocational organizations as our ...

Men Kimseng

Gov’t launches three-year roadmap on migrant labor policy

The Labor Ministry on Thursday launched a new three-year policy for improving the lot of Cambodia’s more than 700,000 migrant workers that includes plans to step up monitoring of the country’s often-abusive recruitment agencies and add labor attachés to more embassies. Nilim Baruah, a senior ...

Zsombor Peter and Ouch Sony

Factory worker wages to be re-examined

Amid threats of another mass strike in the thriving garment sector, the Ministry of Social Affairs has called a meeting with the industry’s leading players to discuss union demands for a $150-per-month minimum wage, a letter obtained yesterday reveals. At the behest of Prime Minister Hun ...

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 ...

Companies Urged to Respect Labor Standards

Respecting labor standards in Cambodian factories will benefit the garment manufacturing industry in the long-run as more international brands will be tempted to source from the country, labor experts said yesterday at a round-table discussion in Phnom Penh. ...

Cambodia, ILO Promotes Decent Work for All

PHNOM PENH: The International Labor Organization (ILO) and Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training launched a Decent Work for All Profile for Cambodia which assesses progress in the development of labor market conditions and protection for workers over the past decade on Monday 30th July. “Launching ...

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 ...

Radio Competition Aims To Teach Labor Law

A radio competition organized by the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Better Factories Cambodia will enable garment workers to showcase their knowledge and teach the public about the country’s Labor Law, an ILO representative said yesterday. “The objective is not only to allow workers to express their ...

Growing Number of Strikes Worries Clothing Brands

Major clothing brands sourcing from Cambodia’s garment factories have expressed concern about the growing number of strikes in the country and called for the renewal of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at preventing strikes, a representative from the International Labor Organization (ILO) said yesterday. ...

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