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Ministry to promote workers’ rights amid partial EBA status suspension

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training yesterday vowed that it would continue to promote workers’ rights and fair working conditions for those in the garment sector amid the recommended partial withdrawal of the European Union’s Everything but arms (EBA) preferential trade scheme in Cambodia. ...

Sun Mesa
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50692033/ministry-to-promote-workers-rights-amid-partial-eba-status-suspension

More than 200 garment workers petition ministry

More than 200 workers from Prestige Garment Co Ltd in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district have petitioned the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training for an intervention after the factory owner refused to reinstate their sacked representative who stands accused of intending to form a ...

Kong Meta
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/more-200-garment-workers-petition-ministry

Employees sit out and block road

Around 700 garment workers blocked National Road 4 in Por Sen Chey district on Monday in a protest to demand severance packages they claimed their factory owed them after it shut down. The workers said Chim Li Cambodia Pte Ltd, which has since taken over ...

Kong Meta
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/employees-sit-out-and-block-road

CARE: females slog but paid less

Female workers are still being paid less than their male counterparts on construction sites, while building companies value male construction workers as more skilled than women, according to a CARE Cambodia report released Friday. CARE’s research paints a comprehensive picture of the situation of women working ...

Sum Manet
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29596/care--females-slog-but-paid-less/

Nepotism complaint at institute

Sixteen former staff members at the Sihanoukville provincial Multi-Technical Training Institute filed a sweeping complaint against the school’s married directors with the Ministry of Labor over the weekend. ...

Pav Suy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/27480/nepotism-complaint-at-institute/

The shackles of abuse

The plight of Cambodian migrant maids who suffer abuse by employers in Malaysia is well documented. Less so is the mental damage caused by the overseas trauma, which has led to some returned migrants being chained up by their desperate familiesYoung women who survive abuse ...

May Titthara and Alice Cuddy
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/shackles-abuse

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

FTU boss to sit out meet

The president of the Free Trade Union is slated to boycott this morning’s final meeting to discuss the trade union law, held at the Ministry of Labour. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ftu-boss-sit-out-meet

Thousands sit for language test in hopes of working in South Korea

Thousands of people flocked to high schools across Phnom Penh over the weekend to sit for a Korean language test in the hopes of finding higher-paying work in South Korea, students said Sunday. According to a schedule released earlier this month by the Labor Ministry, which ...

Kang Sothear
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/thousands-sit-for-language-test-in-hopes-of-working-in-south-korea-86764/

Union Law ‘close to finished’

Ministry of Labour officials said this week that a controversial draft trade union law is “90 per cent” complete and they are now waiting for inter-ministerial review of the language before they submit it for approval. ...

Sean Teehan
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/union-law-close-finished

Ministries need to pull together on skills gap

The Ministry of Economy and Finance is urging ministries to avoid overlapping each other’s programs when it comes to tackling the Kingdom’s long-lamented human resource skills gap. A workshop was held yesterday between the Finance Ministry, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Labour, the private ...

Chan Muyhong
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/ministries-need-pull-together-skills-gap

Equipment on block to meet debts

Ministry of Labour officials have agreed to allow the selling off of equipment inside a Phnom Penh garment factory, abandoned by its owner at the end of January, to pay money owed to workers, union officials said Tuesday. ...

Pech Sotheary and Sean Teehan
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/equipment-block-meet-debts

Environment officials to monitor conditions

The Ministry of Environment is set to join the Ministry of Labour in the monitoring of garment factory workplaces, after creating a working group that will probe the environmental safety of all plants in Cambodia. At a press conference at the ministry yesterday, Minister of Environment ...

Mom Kunthear and Sean Teehan
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/environment-officials-monitor-conditions

Domestic workers say ILO pact progress slow

The government was yesterday accused of dragging its feet after claiming it needed more time to ratify the International Labour Organization’s convention on protecting domestic worker rights. ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/domestic-workers-say-ilo-pact-progress-slow

PM takes to stump on legal limit to overtime

Prime Minister Hun Sen broached the long-running issue of excessive overtime worked by garment factory employees in a speech yesterday, in what at least one analyst saw as a possible play for garment worker support. During his commencement speech at the National University of Management, the ...

Mom Kunthear and Sean Teehan
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/pm-takes-stump-legal-limit-overtime

Labour Ministry vows to investigate recruiter

Responding to parliament’s order to investigate allegations against a recruitment agency with a record of mistreating its workers, the Ministry of Labour dispatched a team today to meet with a group of defrauded labourers. ...

Pech Sotheary and Laignee Barron
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/labour-ministry-vows-investigate-recruiter

Commute deadly: gov’t

Garment workers continue to die in traffic accidents on their way to and from the factory, a new report highlighting the deadly commute in Cambodia’s largest industry shows. In the report, titled The Dangerous Journey of Garment Workers in 2014, the Ministry of Labour’s National Social ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/commute-deadly-govt

Fainting figures jumped in 2014: government

Workplace faintings last year jumped more than 100 per cent from 2013, a report from the Ministry of Labour and National Social Security Fund (NSSF) released yesterday says. ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fainting-figures-jumped-2014-government

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