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Unions told to abide by dictates of new law

People hold signs during an anti-union law protest in front of Phnom Penh’s National Assembly earlier this year.
People hold signs during an anti-union law protest in front of Phnom Penh’s National Assembly earlier this year. Hong Menea

Unions told to abide by dictates of new law

With its passage by the National Assembly nearly three months in the rearview, the Labour Ministry this week offered unions and employers alike a friendly reminder that the contentious Trade Union Law is now fully in effect.

The ministry on Tuesday released a notification asking stakeholders to fulfill all the conditions laid out in the legislation, with employer association CAMFEBA meeting members yesterday to discuss its implementation.

The notification, issued by Minister Ith Samheng, notes that the law, which was largely opposed by independent unions, has been officially in effect since the King signed it into law on May 17.

“All unions and employer associations follow your obligations with the union law, which has been approved for implementation,” the notice reads.

Pav Sin, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, yesterday said that he was still waiting to see how the law would be implemented, given that it was only the initial stages.

“The government still wants to implement this law, even though some unions insisted on adjusting some of its articles,” he said.

At the CAMFEBA meeting yesterday, members were given a presentation on the requirements for both unions and employers, potential impact of the law on their businesses and administrative actions and penalties related to the law.


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