Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Labour group appeals for Workers’ Day march

Labour group appeals for Workers’ Day march

May Day demonstrators march near the National Assembly in Phnom Penh in 2017. The Cambodian Labour Confederation has asked City Hall for permission to conduct a May Day march from near Wat Phnom to the National Assembly this year.
May Day demonstrators march near the National Assembly in Phnom Penh in 2017. The Cambodian Labour Confederation has asked City Hall for permission to conduct a May Day march from near Wat Phnom to the National Assembly this year. Pha Lina

Labour group appeals for Workers’ Day march

The Cambodian Labour Confederation has submitted a request for its members to conduct a march on International Workers’ Day next week in the capital, starting from the Council for the Development of Cambodia near Wat Phnom and ending at the National Assembly.

Ath Thorn, president of the federation, said the request was submitted to Phnom Penh City Hall on Monday and would include around 2,000 workers, adding he was hopeful the authorities would approve it.

“I also saw a directive from the Prime Minister [Hun Sen], and it asks the government to encourage participation and celebration of the International Workers’ Day, so I expect Municipal Hall will let us organise the march,” he said.
The Law on Peaceful Demonstrations does not require official permission to conduct such protests, unless they affect security, and participants are only expected to inform local authorities

in advance. However, the Ministry of Interior last year directed all provincial officials to approve any programs or grassroots events amid a broader crackdown that saw the political opposition dissolved and civil society scrutinised.

Phnom Penh Governor Khoung Sreng and Deputy Governor Mean Channayda referred questions to spokesman Met Measpheakdey, who could not be reached.

Rong Chhun, a consultant with Cambodian Independent Teachers Association, and IDEA President Vorn Pov said they would join the march.

However, Tep Kim Vannary, president of the Cambodian Federation of Independent Trade Union, said she and other pro-government unions will congregate at the Labour Ministry for May Day celebrations.

MOST VIEWED

  • 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

  • Massive stingrays may live in Mekong’s deep pools

    US scientists have suggested that unexplored deep pools in the Mekong River in an area of Stung Treng could potentially be home to significant populations of giant freshwater stingrays, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish species. This comes as a fisherman hooked a 180

  • 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

  • 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