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Workshop to air views on draft union law

A public consultation session on the controversial draft union law will be held at the National Assembly next Wednesday, officials confirmed yesterday.

According to a statement issued by the assembly, participants in the workshop will include senators, members of parliament, development partners and officials from the Ministry of Labour. The event is also open to the public.

“We will collect all opinions, then we will meet and debate with royal government representatives,” Sok Eysan, a spokesman for the ruling CPP, said yesterday.

Unions have been critical of the law, saying it will restrict worker freedoms. A bipartisan committee set up to review the law and deal with concerns wrapped up last month.

CNRP lawmaker and committee member Son Chhay said yesterday there were still points of disagreement, but “for the most part [we] have agreed by correcting some articles requested by the union representatives”.

Collective Union of Movement of Workers president Pav Sina welcomed the forum as long as union opinions were heard, otherwise it would be “meaningless”.

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