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Labor committee announces minimum wage

The Labor Advisory Committee issued a joint statement on the decision to raise wages from $61 to $80 per month for garment and footwear workers. The statement was announced Friday, after a meeting between factory employers, union leaders and Labor Minister, Vong Soth. The wage provision ...

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Majority of Unions Reduce Wage Demands

Six of the 10 labor unions negotiating with the country’s garment manufacturers over a new minimum wage for factory workers dropped their demands yesterday to $73 per month, breaking previous commitments by unions to stand at $91. Ken Loo, secretary-general of the Garment Manufacturers Association ...

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Room for compromise in wage debate: official

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia and unions both need to compromise further to secure a “proper wage” for garment workers whose lives are hampered by their current $61 minimum wage, a Ministry of Social Affairs official overseeing wage negotiations said yesterday. “The government needs the ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013030661779/National/room-for-compromise-in-wage-debate-official.html

Striking workers resign in trade-off

Tae Young factory workers have ended their strike demanding the reinstatement of 16 fired workers after the factory last week agreed to drop its legal complaints against eight of the 16 in return for the entire group’s official resignations. About 600 protesters began the strike at ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012103159487/National-news/striking-workers-resign-in-trade-off.html

Civil servants' union dilemma

The American Center for International Labor Solidarity has set its sights on the Herculean task of unionizing Cambodia’s civil service, a move that, were it successful, could have profound implications for the country’s political landscape. The term civil service in Cambodia has unusually broad application, referring to bureaucrats, ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012103059469/National-news/civil-servants-union-dilemma.html

H&M slammed over wages

Criticism has mounted against Swedish multinational clothing company H&M in its home country following a documentary released last week that sheds light on wages in its source factories in Cambodia. The episode of Swedish network TV4’s Kalla Fakta, or Cold Facts, focuses mainly on Cambodian garment ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012102959442/National-news/ham-slammed-over-wages.html

Buyers Laud Renewal of Industrial Relations Agreement

As buyers for international clothing brands yesterday praised the renewal of an agreement aimed at reducing strikes in the garment sector, labor unions and factory owners said that only proper implementation would determine the agreement’s effectiveness. Modeled after an earlier pact from 2010 to prevent work ...

Strikes at two factories stretch into weekend

More than 600 workers from Kandal province’s Tae Young Co factory yesterday continued to strike, insisting on the return of 16 dismissed workers. Yesterday’s strikes came a day after the Kandal Provincial Court delayed questioning eight of the fired workers over charges that they incited an illegal ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100559124/National-news/workers-strike-stretch-into-weekend.html

Striking the right balance

The number of strikes in Cambodia’s garment industry could be set to dip and workers could be on their way to free lunches after both sides of the industry signed a two-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday. The MoU – inked by the Garment Manufacturers Association (GMAC) in ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100459107/National-news/unions-factories-deal-to-curb-walkouts.html

Court Questions Unionist on Incitement Charges

The Kandal Provincial Court yesterday questioned labor leader Rong Chhun over allegations he incited garment factory workers to stage an illegal strike, a court official said. A director at the Tai Yang garment factory in Ang Snuol district- which supplies apparel to U.S. brands Levi Strauss, ...

Union boss grilled on incitement allegation

The president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions Rong Chhun appeared in Kandal Provincial Court for nearly three hours yesterday, fielding questions stemming from accusations of incitement and defamation, the union boss said. According to Chhun, his appearance was related to a complaint alleging that he had incited ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012092858972/National-news/union-boss-faces-charges-for-inciting-strike.html

Negotiations Planned to Improve Relations in Garment Sector

Negotiations between the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) and unions over a landmark agreement aimed at reducing strike action will be held on October 3, representatives said yesterday. The original agreement on improving industrial relations in the garment sector was signed in October 2010 by ...

Poipet Casino Dragging Feet on Promise

A casino in Poipet that pays wages only in Thai baht is yet to fulfil its promise to improve conditions for its 500 workers, a union representative said yesterday. Workers are still working 12­-hour days – often without a break – at the Tropicana Casino, one ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012092558900/National-news/poipet-casino-drags-feet-on-promise.html

Casino workers have win, but fight goes on

Threats of strike from about 500 employees of the Tropicana Casino in Poipet were quieted yesterday as workers secured a small victory after management agreed to improve worker conditions and enter talks over their sacked union leader. Morm Rithy, president of union Cambodian Tourism and Service ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012091158618/National-news/casino-workers-have-won-but-fight-goes-on.html

Court Drops Complaint against Garment Factory Union Workers

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday dropped a complaint against five union representatives at the Ocean Garment factory in Pur Senchey district who were accused by management at the firm of inciting weeks of protests. Workers have been demonstrating since Aug. 11, demanding the factory fire a manager ...

Ocean Garment strike to end, workers return

More than 50 police officers exchanged heated words with Ocean Garment strikers yesterday afternoon, marching for over an hour to Phnom Penh Municipal Court in support of five worker representatives suspended by the company. Mid-protest, however, the group of more than 2,500 – who have been ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012083158407/National-news/ocean-garment-strike-to-end-workers-return.html

Incitement Charge for Chhun

Global brands Levi’s and Gap had continued slashing orders at the Tai Yang and Camwell factories in Kandal province, costing the company that owns them about US$6 million, its manager claimed yesterday. Tai Yang Enterprises manager Wu Minghuor said the brands had reduced their orders from ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012083058388/National-news/labour-leader-summonsed-to-court.html

Union Leader Called to Court for Inciting Garment Workers

The Kandal Provincial Court has summoned outspoken labor activist Rong Chhun to be questioned over accusations that he incited garment workers to strike illegally, a court official said yesterday. Deputy provincial prosecutor Tep Monin said that he called Mr. Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of ...

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