Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Union gathering funds for Nepalese workers

Union gathering funds for Nepalese workers

Union gathering funds for Nepalese workers

As Nepal continues to recover from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake last month that killed more than 7,500 people, a Cambodian labour group is passing the hat for Nepalese union employees who are now out of work.

The Cambodian Labour Confederation (CLC) is collecting donations for the union members after they received solicitation letters from two Nepalese labour organisations, the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions and Nepal’s National Trade Union Congress, CLC president Ath Thorn said yesterday.

Thorn added that both CLC and the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (C.CAWDU), of which he is also president, will donate funds from their own coffers as well.

“We have got letters from them; they are asking for immediate intervention for workers while this is happening . . . A lot of businesses will be closed and there will be no work to do,” Thorn said yesterday.

“We are committing money from the [C.CAWDU] union, [CLC] confederation and other people who will join us.”

While unsure of how much money they will be able to send to Kathmandu, Thorn said he felt compelled to give as much as possible.

“Some of the workers’ homes were destroyed, some have nothing to eat,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Breaking: US House passes 'Cambodia Democracy Act'

    The US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, on Monday, passed the “HR 526 Cambodia Democracy Act”, also known as the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019. If signed off by the president, the bill will allow two major sets of action to be taken against high-ranking Cambodian

  • ‘Zero-dollar’ tours under fire

    Minister of Tourism Thong Khon has blamed “zero-dollar” tour operators for the decrease in foreign tourists to Angkor Archaeological Park in the first half of this year and has called for action against them. Angkor Archaeological Park received 1.24 million foreign visitors in the first half

  • Breaking: Rubbish found packed inside 83 containers at S'ville port

    Eighty-three containers packed with rubbish were broken open at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port by joint authorities on Tuesday. The origin of the containers has yet to be ascertained, Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra said. Pheaktra, who is also the ministry’s secretary of state, said

  • Some jobs off limits to foreigners from August

    Beginning from the second week of August, foreigners will be banned from driving taxis and tuk-tuks, as well as being motorcycle delivery drivers, street food vendors, hairdressers and product distributors among other lower-income jobs. Some white-collar jobs such as the head of human resources will