Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Union law ‘excludes voice of workers’

Union law ‘excludes voice of workers’

Union law ‘excludes voice of workers’

More than 20 labour groups said yesterday that they are sending a petition to the government regarding changes to the contentious trade union law currently being drafted by the Ministry of Labour.

The petition will also be sent to foreign embassies and other international institutions asking them to intervene and cease the creation of the law, which some union leaders say violates international labour conventions and freedoms of workers.

The government previously held consultations regarding the draft, but according to Cambodia Tourism and Service Workers Federation president Morm Rithy, the Labour Ministry failed to incorporate suggestions that were raised.

Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour said they will submit the petition to inter-ministerial groups for consideration.

“There are more than 3,400 unions in Cambodia, and only about 20 unions sent this request,” Sour said. “It’s not a common voice expressing workers’ desires, but we will accept the minority’s request.”

The law is set to be completed by this month.

MOST VIEWED

  • With herd immunity likely in 2022, is Cambodia ready to reopen for tourism?

    The government aims to inoculate 80 per cent of the target population by June next year, giving it a head start among regional peers to reboot the sector but first, it has to do a few things to up its game A sign on a glass

  • US wants 'full access' to Ream Naval Base

    On June 11, the US embassy's Defense Attaché Colonel Marcus M Ferrara visited Ream Nava Base in coordination with Cambodian officials following the recent approval of Prime minister Hun Sen to allay the concerns on Chinese military presence at the base as raised by US Deputy

  • Jab drive heading to 5 provinces

    The government is set to vaccinate more than 1.2 million people in five provinces after finishing with Phnom Penh and neighbouring Kandal in an ongoing campaign administered by the ministries of Health and National Defence. The five provinces are Preah Sihanouk, Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampong Cham

  • New immigration bill targets illegal foreigners in Kingdom

    General Department of Immigration (GDI) officials are discussing revisions to the new draft law on immigration to prevent foreigners from entering Cambodia illegally and to supervise those living in the Kingdom more effectively. The revisions draw wide support among civil society organisations. GDI director-general Kirth

  • School reopening can’t wait

    With the Covid-19 pandemic now well into its second year, safely reopening schools has become an urgent priority. School attendance is critical for children’s education and lifetime prospects. The long-term costs of closures – both for individual children and society – are simply too large to

  • Kingdom set to be a gold producer

    Cambodia will soon join the roster of gold producing countries after the government announced the commencement of commercial gold mining operations in the Okvau area in southwestern Mondulkiri province's Keo Seima district from June 21. Prime Minister Hun Sen on June 10 announced that after 14 years of