Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Labour body gets $700k cash boost



Labour body gets $700k cash boost

Labour body gets $700k cash boost

The Arbitration Council, an independent labour dispute mediator, received a three-year, $700,000 grant from American development agency USAID at a ceremony yesterday that lauded the organisation’s role in managing industrial relations, but raised concerns about its long-term funding.

In Khemara, deputy director general at the Ministry of Labour’s general labour department, said the council had to date mediated some 2,275 cases and helped “balance social stability and workers’ right to strike”.

However, Khemara said the council’s “funds are limited and still far from sufficient for a state institution’s needs in the future”.

Men Nimmith, acting executive director of the Arbitration Council Foundation, told the Post that USAID funds a little under half of the its budget.

“To contribute to the sustainability of the council, the Ministry [of Labour] worked hard to seek national budget, though [it is] still limited.”

USAID official April O’Neill said the new grant would contribute to running the Council’s usual activities, along with raising awareness.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Phnom Penh curfew starts today

    A two-week curfew from 8pm to 5am starts today in Phnom Penh, a day after a sub-decree detailing administrative measures to contain Covid-19 was issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Travelling in Phnom Penh is temporally banned between 8pm and 5am,” said Phnom Penh governor

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • Covid-19 vaccination now obligatory

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on April 11 issued a sub-decree making Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for individuals unless they have a medical certificate proving they have pre-existing health conditions that prevent them from doing so. «This applies to all members of the armed forces and civil servants

  • Culture ministry: Take Tuol Sleng photos down, or else

    The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has told Irish photographer Matt Loughrey to take down the photos of Khmer Rouge victims at Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum which he allegedly colourised and altered to show them smiling. The ministry said Loughrey's work is unacceptable, affecting