NagaWorld union leader defends strike’s legality on day two of trial
On the second day of trial for nine NagaWorld union members accused of incitement, the Phnom Penh municipal court prosecutor claimed union leader Chhim Sithar had been directing an illegal protest while Sithar maintained she was merely participating in a legal strike aligned with labor ...
New workplace principles for health and safety
The Labour Ministry has drafted standard principles for safety and health in the workplace in accordance with the Labour Law and guidelines released by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). ...
National Assembly approves draft law on amendments to articles of labor law to promote labor rights
The National Assembly of Cambodia approved the draft law on the amendment of some articles of the Labor Law during the 6th session of the 6th National Assembly on September 9 to promote labor rights and harmony in professional relations. ...
Ministry pushes fortnightly pay
The Labor Ministry is encouraging employers, with the support of unions, to implement article 116 of the Labor Law, which requires owners of enterprises and factories to pay their workers twice a month. ...
Unions want meet with Minister to discuss Labor Law problems
While stakeholders have lauded the government’s move to establish a bond market, in a bid to raise more funds from domestic sources, they, however, expressed concern that not enough has been done to inform the public on how debt security can support government spending. ...
Cost of state healthcare announced
According to a Labor Ministry prakas, or official statement, both employers and employees will be responsible for paying 1.3 percent of an employees’ monthly salary to the government for state-supplied health insurance guaranteed to all workers under the Labor Law. ...
More protests over factory closing
Almost 600 garment workers from the Malaysian-owned Global Apparel Limited garment factory protested yesterday morning by marching from the factory to another branch 200 meters away, demanding the owners end all worker contracts at the same time. ...
Labor Minister warns officials over foreign work permits
Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng on Thursday warned officials processing work permits for foreign workers to adhere strictly to all the relevant rules and regulations or risk an unwanted visit from the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). The government has recently started enforcing a longstanding but largely ignored ...
New regulations focus on healthy workplace, foreign workforce and labor identification documents
The deadline for submitting applications for foreign employee quotas is fast approaching. Employers must apply for the foreign labor quota before the end of November 2014 in order to employ foreigners in 2015. The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training has recently issued a number ...
Max Howlett and Yun Sophal
Labour’s 10 per cent rule
The Ministry of Labour has issued a prakas urging employers to follow existing regulations in the Labour Law that limit foreign workers to 10 per cent of the total workforce at any one company. It has warned that failure to stay within this limit – or ...
Sen David and Kevin Ponniah
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 ...
Shoe factory workers strike for seven demands
About 1,000 workers from the Sun Well Shoes factory went on strike for the second day running Wednesday, appealing for wage benefits and better safety equipment. Half of the striking workers protested in front of the factory on Veng Sreng Street in Pur Senchey district on ...
City Hall brings in security guards to collect trash
District security guards, often used to break up demonstrations and beat protesters, were mobilized Tuesday to help clean up the city as hundreds of Phnom Penh’s trash collectors continued their strike over pay and working conditions. City Hall spokesman Long Dimanche said 60 Cintri trucks returned ...
Ben Sokhean and Holly Robertson
ILO says shaming factories leading to improved standards
Naming and shaming factories that fail to ensure a basic standard of conditions for their workers is starting to improve standards in the crucial garment sector, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO), but persistent offenders remain. Nine factories are included in the “lowest compliance” category ...
Holly Robertson and Sun Heng
ILO launches fifth round of radio competition
The International Labor Organisation launched Friday the fifth round of a radio competition to promote understanding of the Cambodian labor law among garment workers. ...
The Cambodia Herald News Staff
UN envoy meets employers over labor unrest
U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi met with representatives of the country’s businesses and employers Thursday for talks that focused on the protection of workers’ rights and measures that can be taken to ensure that strained industrial relations do not once again erupt into violence. In ...
Gov’t called upon to stamp out child labor
The government must make more of an effort to not only eradicate child labor, but also its underlying causes, and ensure that children attend school, local rights group Licadho said Thursday. In a statement released ahead of World Day Against Child Labor, the group said the ...
South Korea Denies Asking Gov’t to Stop Strike
The South Korean ambassador to Cambodia, Kim Han-soo, on Monday denied having asked the Labor Ministry to stop a strike at a South Korean-owned garment factory last week, but said the dispute has put a $40 million investment from the parent company on hold. On Sunday, ...
Zsombor Peter and Hul Reaksmey
Ocean garment workers on strike after factory halts operations
About 1,000 workers protested outside Ocean Garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district on Wednesday to demand compensation for being out of work while the factory suspends its operations for a month due to flagging demand from buyers, a union leader said. Workers have been ...
Sorya drivers called to court over intimidation, defamation
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court summoned two former Phnom Penh Sorya Transportation bus drivers for questioning Tuesday after the court received a complaint from the bus company accusing the drivers of intimidation and defamation. The drivers, Yim Kuyba and Phon Visal, were asked to appear in ...