Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Scrap short-term contracts: CCU

Scrap short-term contracts: CCU

Scrap short-term contracts: CCU

Fixed-duration contracts (FDCs) are in the sights of Cambodian Confederation of Unions president Rong Chhun, who yesterday urged Prime Minister Hun Sen to outlaw their use in the garment and footwear industries.

Chhun said the cancellation of such contracts would provide better conditions and job security across the two industries.

“I want the prime minister to distribute a circular letter,” he said.

In a speech on December 12, the prime minister said many workers wanted permanent employment rather than FDCs and urged employers to improve conditions relating to contracts.

Companies can place workers on fixed-duration contracts of up to six months each for no longer than two years.

Unions say FDCs rob workers of benefits and security, while employers argue they are necessary to attract those who also do seasonal agricultural work.

Chhun said employers often “sacked” known strikers when their short-term contracts finished.

 “I think the garment and shoe industries must be made to stop using these altogether,” he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mom Kunthear at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • China-Cambodia tourism forum held

    The Cambodian tourism sector must be prepared to welcome a growing number of Chinese tourists, as they lead the globe in the number of outbound travellers and were responsible for the most visitors to the Kingdom last year, the country’s tourism minister said on