Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Construction workers call for baseline wage

Construction workers call for baseline wage

Workers hold signs demanding a minimum wage and social security coverage for construction workers outside the National Assembly yesterday, a day ahead of International Workers’ Day.
Workers hold signs demanding a minimum wage and social security coverage for construction workers outside the National Assembly yesterday, a day ahead of International Workers’ Day. Eliah Lillis

Construction workers call for baseline wage

A day ahead of May Day, the Building and Wood Workers Trade Union Federation of Cambodia held a small rally outside the National Assembly demanding the inclusion of construction workers within the minimum wage framework and new guidelines for workplace safety.

Around 200 workers, equipped with high-visibility vests and hardhats, stood outside the assembly yesterday shouting slogans. They presented the legislative body with a five-point petition that also calls for their inclusion in the National Social Security Fund worker safety net.

“We suggested those five points because some construction workers face many problems with their jobs. They do not have certainty over the minimum wage,” BWTUC President Sok Kin told the workers.

Despite not being covered by the minimum wage, construction workers earn better-than-average wages, given the construction boom and an influx of skilled foreign labour.

The rally came a day before 3,000 workers, from across economic sectors are expected to march from the Russian Embassy on Sothearos Boulevard to the National Assembly to mark International Workers’ Day.

The march is set to take place despite Phnom Penh City Hall’s refusal last week to give the green light.

Yesterday’s rally was attended by prominent garment worker unionists, such as Yang Sophorn, president of the Cambodian Association of Trade Unions.

Sophorn said it had taken many years for garment workers to have their voices heard and encouraged construction workers to vociferously put forth their own demands.

MOST VIEWED

  • First Cambodian woman graduates from Japan’s NDA military academy

    A few years ago, Meach Sithyka Jessica became the first-ever Cambodian woman to graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point, and since then her courage and determination has served as an inspiration for other Cambodian women. Similarly, Ly Chansocheata became the first Cambodian

  • Construction begins on $1.5B Kampot seaport

    The International Multi-Purpose Logistics and Port Centre, principally invested by Kampot Logistics and Port Co Ltd and projected to cost $1.5 billion, has officially broken ground in Bokor town, Kampot province. The multi-purpose logistics and port centre, located in Prek Tnaot commune, will be built on

  • Cambodia eyes key role in electronics, auto hubs in SEA

    Two roadmaps, part of the LDC’s economic diversification plan, were designed to see it through its migration process, but experts say the journey might be arduous, particularly in the presence of two established hubs in the region By 2028, Cambodia hopes to have exited the

  • Hun Neng, lawmaker and PM’s brother, passes away aged 72

    Hun Neng, chairman of the 4th Commission of the National Assembly, has passed away from heart disease at the age of 72 on the afternoon of May 5, according to the Ministry of Information. Hun Neng is the older brother of Prime Minister Hun Sen, and was

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with

  • PM meets with US business giants

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has met with a number of major US companies who have expressed interest in investing in Cambodia, in a meeting convened by the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC). A delegation of companies – including Amazon, Meta, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Ford, Visa and Pernod