Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Trade union bill changes passed

Trade union bill changes passed

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The Council of Ministers approved draft amendments to 10 articles of the Law on Trade Unions without modification on Friday. hun sen facebook page

Trade union bill changes passed

The Council of Ministers approved draft amendments to 10 articles of the Law on Trade Unions without modification on Friday, leaving some unions disappointed and claiming that the majority of their suggestions had not been included.

Articles 3, 17, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 54, 55 and 59 of the Law on Trade Unions are now set to be amended, following their approval at the plenary session of the Council of Ministers chaired by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday.

However, some unions expressed disappointment after having requested that the government include their input to improve the situation in the garment sector.

Collective Union of Movement of Workers president Pav Sina said on Sunday that it was a positive step for the government to make amendments to the trade union law, because some articles had limitations and presented obstacles to unions and workers.

But he said the government had only accepted a small portion of the unions’ suggestions.

“The Council of Ministers decided to convene a meeting to approve the draft law so it could send it to the National Assembly, but I don’t think there has been enough changes – it's minimal at best.

‘‘So, if the National Assembly approves the law in its current state, I think its implementation will face challenges because not much has changed,” he said.

Cambodian Labour Confederation president Ath Thorn said no changes were made at the Council of Ministers because the institution generally toes the government line.

‘‘There is usually little change to laws proposed by the government, despite demands from civil society organisations and unions,” he said.

Thorn said only a small amount of the unions’ proposals had been incorporated into the draft law that would now reach the National Assembly.

“Out of 15 articles that the unions proposed amending, we see only 10 have been amended by the Council of Ministers.

‘‘So, there was no change to the other five articles, and in the 10 articles that have been amended, less than 10 per cent of suggestions put forward by the unions’ side were accepted. But at least there has been some change,” he said.

Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training spokesman Heng Sour told The Post on Sunday that now that the Council of Ministers had approved the draft amendments to 10 articles of the Law on Trade Unions, the ministry would send the bill to the National Assembly for review and approval.

In response to expressions of disappointment by some unions, Sour said: “About two dozen unions were involved, and the majority of them applauded and accepted the progress we have made. But all individuals are free to express their views.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Khmer New Year holidays postponed

    In an effort to halt Covid-19 infections in the Kingdom, Prime Minister Hun Sen has postponed the Khmer New Year holidays scheduled from April 13 to 16. While the people will not have their usual break, nor will there be any public celebrations or gatherings at pagodas,

  • No word on state of emergency

    The National Assembly (NA) said it will postpone all unnecessary meetings in line with guidance from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) amid the Covid-19 pandemic. However, it did not say when or how it will debate the “state of emergency”

  • State of emergency draft law set for NA

    A draft law aiming to place the Kingdom in a state of emergency amid the Covid-19 pandemic is set for a debate at the National Assembly (NA) after going through the Council of Ministers’ Standing Committee meeting led by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday.

  • NA, Senate set for bill on ‘emergency’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested the Senate to convene an extraordinary meeting to review the draft law that aims to put the Kingdom in a state of emergency after the bill reached the National Assembly (NA) on Friday. The draft law, which was approved

  • Tourists can now prolong their stay

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said tourists holding Visa T and arriving in the Kingdom after January 1 will be allowed to prolong their stay until they are able to return home. The decision comes as Cambodia and most countries take measures to

  • Hun Sen, ministers, officials donate salaries in virus fight

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and other senior government officials have decided to donate their salaries to the National Committee for Combating Covid-19 in support of the ongoing battle against the coronavirus. Hun Sen announced in an April 1 letter that because the Covid-19 situation in Cambodia