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Cambodia to curb recruitment fees in bid to protect migrants from slavery abroad

Cambodia is planning to cap hefty recruitment fees imposed by labour brokers on people seeking jobs abroad in a bid to curb illegal migration and protect workers from modern-day slavery. ...

Channel News Asia
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/cambodia-curb-recruitment-fees-migrants-protection-slavery-11920810

Cambodia looks to be winner for growth for AEC: ILO

Cambodia stands to be the biggest beneficiary, in terms of GDP growth, for the first decade following ASEAN Economic Integration in 2015, according to a study released publicly today by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The ILO’s 160-page report says Cambodia could see a 19.9 per ...

Eddie Morton and Daniel de Carteret
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/cambodia-looks-be-winner-growth-aec-ilo

Factory shutters in shame

The Zongtex Garment factory off Phnom Penh’s Russian Boulevard looks like a nondescript residential compound, hidden down a dead-end road. There are no signs suggesting that it supplied to some of the world’s leading high street names – and the US military. Taiwanese-owned Zongtex Garment Manufacturing ...

Daniel Pye, Alice Cuddy and Chhay Channyda
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/factory-shutters-shame

Campaign focused on reducing deaths

Amid a continually rising rate of industrial accidents and deaths, the Ministry of Labour introduced a campaign focused on identifying workplace hazards before tragedy strikes. Since the ministry began keeping track of 960 Cambodian factories in 2009, workplace accidents have risen by nearly 375 per cent, ...

Sen David and Sean Teehan
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/campaign-focused-reducing-deaths

Cambodian govt making efforts at minimum wage reform

The Government of Cambodia is making efforts at minimum wage reform, and it has set up a committee to study the minimum wage at garment manufacturing units as a way of continually working to increase it, Labour Minister Ith Sam Heng while unveiling the Ministry’s ...

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=159685

Garment IPO to pay for factory

Taiwanese garment factory Grand Twins International (GTI) has carefully laid out a schedule so it can go public on Cambodia’s stock exchange after the dust settles from unrest tied to minimum wage disputes, according to the company’s chief financial controller, Henry Chen. GTI received approval from ...

Eddie Morton and Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/garment-ipo-pay-factory

ILO-BFC unveils worker mobile phone call-in project report

The International Labour Organisation’s Better Factories Cambodia program (BFC) releases the first report from its mobile phone call-in project aimed at educating garment and footwear workers. The mobile phone project entitled Kamako Chhnoeum (‘Outstanding Worker’ in Khmer) received 3,245 valid phone calls in its first two ...

Fibre2Fashion News Staff
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=154799

Cambodia garment workers’ plight worsening: ILO

Cambodia is backsliding in efforts to improve working conditions in its garment industry, the International Labour Organisation said yesterday, following a series of strikes at factories producing western-brand clothing. The kingdom is failing to make progress in key areas such as worker and fire safety and ...

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/asia/245622-cambodia-garment-workers%E2%80%99-plight-worsening-ilo.html

The canes of wrath

Satiating the demands of the global sugar industry is big business for Cambodia’s sugarcane plantations. Yet accusations of human rights abuses and land grabs in the Kingdom have left a bitter aftertaste for many on the ground as companies vie for a larger slice of ...

http://sea-globe.com/sugar-cambodia/

Labour orders issued by PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday issued extensive orders to unions, factories, workers and authorities to rid the garment industry of violent strikes, roadblocks and rights violations he says are threatening public order. “There have been many strikes and demonstrations at factories recently, and, in some cases, ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013032964789/National/labour-orders-issued-by-pm.html

Footwear Sector To Have ‘Running Room’

Cambodia’s footwear industry has experienced significant growth over the past five years, with the number of factories doubling, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce. Meanwhile, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has announced it will monitor and report on footwear factories. As of November, 45 ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013031361901/Business/footwear-sector-to-have-running-room.html

ILO Respond to Scathing Stanford Report on Factory Monitoring

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) Better Factories Program (BFC) has responded to a scathing report released last week by Stanford University, which said the ILO program was ineffectual as it had not helped secure Cambodian workers a significant wage increase since the program started over ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Socially-Responsible Factory to give better deals to workers

Construction is due to start shortly on a socially responsible sun-glass case and cleaning cloth factory in Siem Reap. Pactics produces 40 per cent of cases and cloths for the larget sun-glass factory in the world, Luxottica, which has brands including Ray Ban, Oakley and ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013011060751/Siem-Reap-Insider/socially-responsible-factory-to-give-better-deals-to-workers.html

Pregnancy terminated in bid to regain old job

A woman fired from the Conpress Holding garment factory last week said she terminated her pregnancy of three months on Sunday in a desperate bid to gain reinstatement for herself and three other workers fired last week for unionising. Huk Pov, Free Trade Union president ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012112059825/National-news/pregnancy-terminated-in-bid-to-regain-old-job.html

Cambodian Confederation Union denied recognition again

The Cambodian Confederation of Unions has been shot down again in its bid for formal recognition as a trade union confederation, president Rong Chhun said yesterday, this time because some of its unions represent teachers. The Ministry of Labour informed the CCU in a letter ...

Shane Worrell and Mom Kunthear, P. 1
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012062256959/National-news/ccu-denied-recognition-again.html

Nike seeks investigation of mass fainting incidents

Global sportswear giant Nike has asked the International Labour Organisation’s industry monitoring body to investigate the two mass fainting incidents at its supplier Sabrina (Cambodia) Manufacturing last week and report its finding to it, Nike said yesterday. “Nike has requested ILO Better [Factories] Cambodia, the industry ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012041255580/National-news/nike-seeks-investigation-of-mass-fainting-incidents.html

Unions seek changes to labour law

Union leaders are calling for 10 changes to be made to the draft law that will regulate them, including allowing civil servants to form unions, they said yesterday, following a letter calling for two ministers to intervene late last week. The Cambodian Trade Union Coordination Council ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011122653621/National-news/unions-seek-changes-to-labour-law.html

Push to uncover fainting cause

The International Labour Organisation’s Better Factories program is seeking funding for a campaign to prevent “future fainting incidents” at the garment factories it monitors, following the release on Friday of the results of its investigation into them, according to a document obtained by the Post. The ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011121253302/National-news/push-to-uncover-fainting-cause.html

Prison chiefs eagerly await labor programs law

Prison directors across the country said yesterday they were eager to launch for-profit manufacturing programs following the expected passage of a controversial prison law that legalizes such schemes. Human rights groups, however, called on the government to strike the provision, saying that it would violate ...

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