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Cambodian workers to get Japan opportunity

The Japanese government will offer an opportunity for specialised Cambodian workers to work in Japan through a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that might be signed in April, Minister of Labour and Vocational Training, Ith Sam Heng said. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodian-workers-get-japan-opportunity

PM urges ministers to end all cases against union leaders

Prime Minister Hun Sen urged labour and justice ministers on Wednesday to finish all court cases against union leaders. Speaking to more than 23,000 factory workers in Takeo province on Wednesday, he told the Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Sam Heng and Minister ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-urges-ministers-end-all-cases-against-union-leaders

Cambodian migrant workers are welcome, says Kuwait diplomat

Kuwait is open for Cambodian migrant workers, said the Head of Mission at the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Cambodia, Zaher M B M Alkhurainej at a press conference in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. He also stressed on the “consolidation and development of ...

Kong Meta
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodian-migrant-workers-are-welcome-says-kuwait-diplomat

Ministry to probe child labour

The Ministry of Labour says it will investigate the claims of a Royal Holloway, University of London research team’s report alleging modern slavery in Cambodia’s brick kilns, said Minister of Labour Ith Sam Heng. The report entitled Blood Bricks: Untold Stories of Modern Slavery and ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-probe-child-labour

Garment workers to be reimbursed

The Ministry of Labour on Tuesday released the names of four factories whose workers will be compensated after their employers absconded owing back pay and severance. Labour Minister Ith Sam Heng said abandoned workers at Benoh Apparel, Yu Fa Garment Industry, Great Honour Textile Factory ...

Yon Sineat and Daphne Chen
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/garment-workers-be-reimbursed

ADB to launch $60M Labour Ministry program next year

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is planning to establish a new $60 million program focused on developing local technical skills and increasing the competitiveness of Cambodia’s labour force in 2019, according to Minister of Labour Ith Sam Heng. ...

Cheng Sokhorng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/adb-launch-60m-labour-ministry-program-next-year

Early data show decline in garment sector growth

The labour minister said on Monday that Cambodia’s garment sector grew by 4 percent last year to reach $7.6 billion, which would mark a slowdown in the growth rate compared to previous years. ...

Hor Kimsay
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/early-data-show-decline-garment-sector-growth

Strikes down, but advocates, officials differ on significance

Strikes in Cambodia plummeted by more than half last year, according to the Ministry of Labour’s annual report – a statistic lauded by the government as evidence that worker conditions had improved but rejected by labour advocates as a sign that dissent was being suppressed. ...

Yon Sineat and Daphne Chen
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/strikes-down-advocates-officials-differ-significance

Cambodia’s Labour Ministry seeks pact with Lebanon on maids as more seek work abroad

Cambodian workers may soon be headed to Lebanon, the latest country that the Ministry of Labour is targeting as a destination for thousands of underemployed Cambodians looking for work amid stagnant job opportunities at home. ...

Yon Sineat and Daphne Chen
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodias-labour-ministry-seeks-pact-lebanon-maids-more-seek-work-abroad

New Thai regulations for migrants hit by delay

New Thai regulations imposing stiff punishments on undocumented migrants, their brokers and their employers set to come into force on January 1 will likely be delayed by three to six months, according to Cambodian Minister of Labour Ith Sam Heng. ...

Yon Sineat
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-thai-regulations-migrants-hit-delay

Ministry to pass minimum wage law ‘this year’

A controversial universal minimum wage law will be passed this year in order to prevent a repeat of the mass protests over garment sector wages that rocked the country in 2013, Labour Minister Ith Sam Heng said yesterday, despite calls for revisions from independent unions ...

Yon Sineat and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-pass-minimum-wage-law-year

MoL to consider ratifying maids’ rights convention

The Ministry of Labour has said it will consider the Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA)’s request to ratify an International Labour Organization convention on domestic workers’ rights.   ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mol-consider-ratifying-maids-rights-convention

Official asks to extend Pchum Ben

A civil society official has asked the National Election Committee (NEC) to cooperate with the Labor Ministry to give public servants, private sector employees, garment workers and migrant workers five more days off after the Phcum Ben festival for voter registration. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/28105/official-asks-to-extend-pchum-ben/

Kingdom and Cambodia sign pact on hiring domestic helps

SAUDI ARABIA on Thursday signed a contract with Cambodia for recruitment of domestic helps from that country. ...

Saudi Gazette Team
http://saudigazette.com.sa/saudi-arabia/kingdom-and-cambodia-sign-pact-on-hiring-domestic-helps/

Legal passage to Malaysia for maids still some months away

Although Cambodia signed off on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysia on Thursday that will once again allow the country to send domestic workers to its Asean neighbor, a Labor Ministry spokesman said it will not take effect for months. ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/legal-passage-to-malaysia-for-maids-still-some-months-away-102896/

Cambodia to resume sending maids to Malaysia

Malaysia and Cambodia have agreed to resume supplying Cambodian maids to the country, four years after the Phnom Penh banned the practice following reports of exploitation and torture at the hands of Malaysian employers. ...

The Malaysian Insider News Staff
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malaysia-cambodia-to-resume-maid-trade

Months before Cambodian maids return to Malaysia, says report

It will be some months before Cambodian maids resume travel to Malaysia despite a newly signed agreement between the two countries lifting the ban on domestic workers sent from Cambodia to its ASEAN neighbour, The Cambodia Daily reported. ...

The Malaysian Insider News Staff
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/months-before-cambodian-maids-return-to-malaysia-says-report

Cambodia Govt denies factory closure rumours

Cambodia’s Labour Ministry has denied rumours that factories would be closed in December and has called for the arrest of the “mastermind” for spreading the rumour, Cambodian newspapers have reported. ...

Fibre2fashion News Staff
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/cambodia-govt-denies-factory-closure-rumours-176134-newsdetails.htm

Deadline for wage negotiations missed; Labor Ministry to decide

The tripartite Labor Advisory Committee (LAC) on Monday missed its provisional deadline to decide on a new minimum wage for the garment sector, with employers and trade unions making little progress in coming to an agreement. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/deadline-for-wage-negotiations-missed-labor-ministry-to-decide-96513/

Gov’t revises trade union law

Several of the more contentious points from Cambodia’s draft trade union law have been dropped, a pro-government union leader said yesterday, although at least one major union remains unsatisfied with the pending legislation. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-revises-trade-union-law

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