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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unions warn of strikes over gov’t rejection of new branch

A group of eight trade unions Thursday said the government has turned down every one of their applications to form local branches at the country’s garment factories since early last year and threatened mass strikes if the rejections continue. At a press conference in Phnom Penh, ...

Mech Dara

Ministry outlines procedures for businesses hiring foreigners

The Labor Ministry released a statement Monday with a list of procedures all businesses in Cambodia that hire foreign workers must follow in order to comply with the country’s long-standing Labor Law. According to Monday’s statement, which was signed by Labor Minister Ith Sam ...

Ouch Sony

Dozens of maids still missing in Malaysia, rights group says

Rights group Adhoc on Tuesday urged the government to work harder to help Cambodian domestic workers still suffering abuse from their employers in Malaysia or from the Cambodian recruitment agencies that sent them there, including 63 women the organization says have effectively disappeared. At a press ...

Aun Pheap

Ministries unclear over who needs work permits

About three weeks after the interior and labor ministries announced a crackdown on foreigners without work permits, officials this week could provide few answers on how expatriates can comply with the country’s labor regulations. According to the 1997 Labor Law, all foreigners working in Cambodia are ...

Chris Mueller and Ouch Sony

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