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Spike in migrant worker numbers

Nearly 100,000 Cambodians were sent to work overseas last year, an increase of 12.6 percent compared with the previous year that saw about 85,000 workers migrate, according to a Ministry of Labour report. The report, issued yesterday, said that last year Cambodia sent 96,338 labourers ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/113661/spike-in-migrant-worker-numbers/

Government establishes working group to tackle faintings

Health Minister Mam Bun Heng yesterday announced the formation of a working group to address mass fainting, a day after the premier raised the issue at a meeting with garment workers, though relevant officials had few details on the group’s objectives. ...

Kuoch Masy
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-establishes-working-group-tackle-faintings

Ministry toughens teen labour ID requirements

The Ministry of Labour has announced new regulations for hiring workers between the ages of 15 and 18, toughening identification requirements in a sector plagued by the use of fraudulent documents.The prakas, active since November 20, requires young workers to show at least three different ...

Lay Samean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-toughens-teen-labour-id-requirements

Dearth of job security for young workers: org

Employers in the Kingdom need to draw up more contracts with their young workers to keep them from being exploited and left in the dark in case of a dispute, a youth NGO urged yesterday. ...

Lay Samean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/dearth-job-security-young-workers-org

Deal ends moratorium on maids to Malaysia

Four years after Prime Minister Hun Sen personally outlawed the practice of Cambodian women traveling to Malaysia to work as domestic servants, the two countries have agreed to restart the maid trade, according to a statement released by the Labor Ministry on Thursday. ...

Matt Blomberg and Kang Sothear
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/deal-ends-moratorium-on-maids-to-malaysia-102759/

Labour law delayed after protests

The government has agreed to delay the passage of a controversial law governing the trade union sector, announcing it would set up a national workshop to work out the legislation’s thornier clauses on December 15. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/labour-law-delayed-after-protests

Gov't denies factory closure rumours

The Ministry of Labour has urged the arrest of the “mastermind” behind an apparently spurious rumour spreading across shop floors that garment factories would close their doors for the entire month of December. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-denies-factory-closure-rumours

Jobs plentiful, but wages low for Kingdom’s youth

While unemployment rates are low among Cambodian youths, their jobs are largely poorly paid and informal, providing them with just enough money to survive on, according to a recent report.The report, released on Sunday by youth NGO the Youth Resource Development Program (YRDP) and the ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/jobs-plentiful-wages-low-kingdoms-youth

Takeo garment workers protest at Ministry of Labour

More than 300 garment workers from Takeo province protested in front of the Ministry of Labour yesterday, following two weeks of strikes over working conditions.Workers requested intervention from the ministry over the dismissal of 1,000 striking workers as well as 13 demands including lunch money, ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/takeo-garment-workers-protest-ministry-labour

Garment union demands go unanswered

Despite repeated threats of strikes, a coalition of garment sector unions is still waiting on a response from the Ministry of Labour for the wide-ranging reforms it called for last month, with plans to seek help from overseas. ...

Charles Rollet
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/garment-union-demands-go-unanswered

Fighting child labour

While Cambodia marginally stepped up efforts to combat child labour in 2014, a lack of resources and corruption remain massive impediments to the fight, according to a report released by the United States Department of Labor last week. It attributed those improvements largely to beefed-up ...

Charles Rollet
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fighting-child-labour

Recruiter’s assets seized by police

Police have seized property from a rented house in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district belonging to a recruitment firm that allegedly cheated money from some 100 Cambodians hoping to find work in Thailand. ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/recruiters-assets-seized-police

Date set to announce new wage

The tripartite working group tasked with setting the minimum wage in Cambodia’s garment industry is slated to officially convene today, with the results of the negotiations to be announced on October 5 if all goes to plan. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/date-set-announce-new-wage

Unions’ house divided

A secret ballot yesterday failed to resolve garment union splits over what to demand at upcoming minimum wage talks, with at least one independent union rejecting the majority vote of $158 and vowing to put forward $178.The division came a day after Labour Ministry spokesman ...

Mom Kunthear and Shaun Turton
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unions-house-divided

Abuse fears holding up workers pact for Qatar

A major factor holding up an agreement to send Cambodian workers to Qatar is the Cambodian government’s refusal to send domestic workers to the country amid a “high risk” of sexual abuse, a Labour Ministry official said yesterday. ...

Chhay Channyda
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/abuse-fears-holding-workers-pact-qatar

Passes set to replace passports for migrants

In an effort to curb illegal migration, the Ministry of Interior issued a letter on Tuesday announcing that all migrant workers who want to gain employment abroad will be able to obtain so-called migrant passes instead of having to wait for a regular passport. ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/passes-set-replace-passports-migrants

GMAC no fan of union law

The Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia says it will push for revisions made on the draft trade union law last week to be changed.During a meeting on July 28, the Ministry of Labour said it had revised a number of provisions in the law, which ...

Charles Rollet
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/gmac-no-fan-union-law

Ministry, NGO to push training

Youth vocational training may be the key to curbing migration and combating poverty in Cambodia’s most vulnerable communities, according to child welfare NGO Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE), which is helping to roll out a technical skills program for high school dropouts. ...

Rebecca Moss
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-ngo-push-training

Rainsy tells FTU to push for $180

Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Sam Rainsy yesterday told unionists that his party supports a minimum wage increase in the Kingdom’s garment industry to $180 per month in 2016. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rainsy-tells-ftu-push-180

Permitted More than 25,000 get work cards

The Ministry of Labour granted about 25,000 work permits to foreigners in the first six months of 2015, about 5,000 more than they issued during all of last year. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/permitted-more-25000-get-work-cards

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