Labor Ministry signs MoU to promote labor sector

The Ministry of Labor has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with American Center for International Labor Solidarity to promote labor sector in Cambodia. ... ...

Sen David

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

Ministry lauded: Adidas gives wage hike thumbs up

A representative for sportswear giant Adidas praised an upcoming minimum wage raise in Cambodia’s garment sector, state media reported yesterday. ... In a separate meeting, Anderson told labour advocates that the government, not Adidas, is responsible for wage-setting, Anna McMullen of Labour Behind the Label said ...

Sean Teehan

Cambodia awards enterprises for HIV/AIDS prevention

Cambodia's Labor Ministry on Thursday awarded some of the best performing companies in the country for their work on HIV and AIDS education and prevention at workplaces. Labor Minister Ith Samheng handed over 124 awards to enterprises in a range of sectors, including the garment industry, ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Workers say $128 per month is not enough to live on

Cambodian unions say they will not agree to a minimum wage proposed by the Cambodian government. Union leaders say the government’s proposed minimum wage of $128 per month will not be enough for workers to keep up with the rising cost of living in the country. ...

Heng Reaksmey

Cambodia sets minimum wage below union demands

Cambodia on Wednesday increased the monthly minimum wage for garment workers by 28% to $128, falling short of union workers’ demands and creating the potential for further strikes in the country. ... Ath Thun, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union, said the ...

James Hookway and Sun Narin

Cambodia to raise monthly minimum wage for garment workers to 123 USD for 2015

Cambodia on Wednesday decided to increase the monthly minimum wage in the garment sector to 123 U.S. dollars, up 23 percent from the current 100 U.S. dollars, Labor Minister Ith Samheng said. ... ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Cambodia raises garment wage, but unions say not enough

Cambodia on Wednesday raised the controversial monthly minimum wage for garment workers by 28 percent, a decision likely to infuriate unions seeking a higher increase and revive calls for strike action. ... Sixteen members of the Labour Ministry's Labour Advisory Committee voted for the government-proposed minimum ...

World Bulletin News Staff

Garment wage talks fall apart

The tripartite working group set up to negotiate and advise the Ministry of Labour’s Labour Advisory Committee (LAC) on next year’s minimum wage in Cambodia’s garment sector has stopped meeting after reaching a stalemate. Made up of 27 members – nine each from employers, the government ...

Sean Teehan and Mom Kunthear

Lure of South Korea is strong

Cambodian migrant worker hopefuls have heard murmurs about the poor work conditions in South Korea. However, they remain unfazed – even the recent reports of long hours and abusive employers are doing little to deter their quest to secure better wages abroad. ... ...

Laignee Barron and Pech Sotheary

Labor groups press ministry on new union registration rules

About 100 workers representing eight trade unions and labor associations rallied in front of the Ministry of Labor on Sunday demanding that the government relax registration requirements that they say are being used to stifle efforts to increase their memberships. ... ...

Mech Dara

Cambodia's career fair attracts thousands of job hunters

The fourth edition of Cambodian career fair kicked off here on Tuesday, drawing attention from thousands of university students and graduates on the first day. ... Carmela Torres, senior specialist on skills and employability at the International Labour Organization, said the event is very important for ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

S Korean farming industry slammed

Long considered the friendlier and less exploitative option for overseas Cambodian migrants, South Korea is now being slammed by Amnesty International for a number of abuses afflicting its migrant-dominated agriculture sector. The 20,000 foreign workers fuelling South Korea’s farming industry regularly encounter intimidation, violence, excessive working ...

Laignee Barron

Another wage body to form

Following a meeting with parliamentarians at the National Assembly yesterday, Minister of Labour Ith Sam Heng announced the ministry would form a 27-member committee to study technical aspects of raising the minimum wage in Cambodia’s garment sector. The new committee will comprise nine representatives each from ...

Pech Sotheary and Sean Teehan

More negotiations planned ahead of minimum wage decision

Labor officials say they plan to put together an ad hoc group to discuss the contentious minimum wage for factory workers as they move toward a final decision next month. ... The announcement Tuesday came after meetings between Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng and Ker Sovannaroath, ...

Kong Sothanarith

Labor minister to face lawmakers’ questions

Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng has agreed to appear before lawmakers today to answer questions about ongoing minimum wage negotiations for garment workers, a controversial draft union law and other pressing labor issues, according to the opposition CNRP. ... ...

Mech Dara

Latest garment export figures show growth

Garment and footwear exports earned $3.92 billion over the first eight months of 2014, up more than 7 percent year-on-year, according to new figures from the Ministry of Commerce. The latest numbers show a slowdown after year-on-year earnings for the first six months of the year ...

Hul Reaksmey and Zsombor Peter

Cambodia unveils regulation to protect entertainment workers

Cambodia's Ministries of Labour and Tourism on Wednesday jointly launched a new regulation for protecting the occupational safety, health and labour rights of entertainment workers. "The regulation aims to improve working conditions, occupational safety and health rules of entertainment service enterprises, establishments and companies,"said a ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Workers strike over sacking of unionists

About 500 workers who have been on strike at a Chinese-owned footwear factory in Phnom Penh for the past two weeks protested in front of the Ministry of Labor yesterday asking for the government’s help in resolving the dispute. On September 15, more than 1,000 employees ...

Ben Sokhean

Minister says wage agreement must be reached next month

Negotiations held on Friday between garment factory owners, union leaders and government officials failed to set a new industry minimum wage for next year, but a final decision will be reached by October 10, according to Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng. The tripartite Labor Advisory Council ...

Sek Odom and Holly Robertson

Cambodia's garment, footwear exports up 12.6 pct in 7 months

Garment and footwear industry, Cambodia's largest income earner, reported a 12.6 percent rise in exports in the first seven months of 2014, according to the data of the Ministry of Commerce on Thursday. The country exported apparel and footwear products worth 3.47 billion U.S. dollars during ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

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