Unions appeal for review over Trade Union Law amendment

Twenty unionists gathered yesterday in front of the Ministry of Labour to request for a meeting with Minister Ith Samheng to discuss select articles of the Trade Union Law amended last month. ...

Mom Kunthear

Labor unionists decry lack of consultation on union law amendments

Worker unions criticized the National Assembly’s passing of 10 amendments to the contentious Trade Union Law on Tuesday, saying they were not aware of the exact nature of the amendments passed by parliament. ...

Kann Vicheika

Workers fired after trying to unionise

For Peng Phalla, a sewing machine repairman by trade, the beginning of the end was December 8 – the day he filed the paperwork to form a union. Phalla had spent the past two years helping a factory in Kampong Cham province churn out baby ...

Yon Sineat and Daphne Chen

No one in union law firing line, says Vannak

The government yesterday assured those in the garment industry that the Trade Union Law, which came into effect in May, is not meant to put pressure on any particular group, but rather to help employers and employees work together in harmony. Labor Ministry secretary of state ...

Mom Kunthear

Divide over union law

Ten pro-government unions on Friday released statements in support of Cambodia’s recently passed Trade Union Law, just days after two independent unions held a meeting to discuss hoped-for changes to the contentious legislation. The independent unions met last week to compile a list of amendments to ...

Sen David

Workers demand better conditions

More than 7,000 workers from the Can Sports Shoe factory protested outside their workplace in Kampong Chhnang’s Samaky Meanchey district yesterday, demanding better working conditions. ...

Mom Kunthear

Union law kicks in a month late

Unions expressed their continued dissatisfaction with the new Trade Union Law after the Ministry of Labor reminded them on Tuesday that it officially took effect last month. ...

Mom Kunthear

Gov’t claims strikes upending industry

A senior official at the Labor Ministry said strikes and protests were “disrupting” investment in the garment sector and claimed that some unions, and even some employers, were not respecting the rights and freedoms afforded to workers by the Labor Law and international labor conventions. ...

Mom Kunthear

Despite progress, draft union law has major flaws: HRW

After seven years under discussion and a series of drastic edits, the Trade Union Law is inching closer to being passed by the National Assembly. Human Rights Watch yesterday issued a statement on the latest draft of the union law, saying that while it ...

Jonathan Cox

Pass the union law: Hun Sen

A controversial statement released by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday calls for the quick passage of a trade union law, which union advocates say violates international labour conventions. The statement, which was signed on April 10 but distributed this week, was released ahead of International ...

Pech Sotheary and Sean Teehan

Still no motion on union law

As the latest draft of Cambodia’s long-awaited trade-union law sits idly at the Council of Ministers, Ministry of Labour officials have turned to outsiders to help hasten its enactment, a union advocate said yesterday. Dave Welsh, country director of the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, said ...

Workers waiting for a bargain

Informal workers, a class that includes beer promoters, tuk tuk drivers and farmers, are among those who stand to benefit most from the upcoming trade-union law, observers say – and workers say it can’t come soon enough. Dave Welsh, country director of the American Center for ...

Workers left in limbo on union law

Almost six months after the latest draft of the proposed trade-union law was sent to the Council of Ministers for approval, employers, unions and workers’ rights groups are left asking the same question: What’s happened to it? Confusion over the status of the landmark law, which ...

Krama petition urges government to abandon trio of laws

Rolling out what may be the world’s longest krama, some 130 protesters presented the National Assembly with a petition yesterday morning bearing thousands of thumbprints urging lawmakers not to pass a trio of pending laws. “We all urge the government to stop its attempt to pass ...

'Huge changes' made to new draft union law

A new draft of the trade-union law included “huge changes” that removed all major controversial aspects of the legislation, including criminal sanctions, a union advocate said yesterday. Dave Welsh, country director for the American Centre for International Labour Solidarity, said the Ministry of Labour was to ...

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