unions

Garment-Sector Minimum Wage Gets $2 Increase

The new wage was voted on after four rounds of weekly negotiations between unions, which initially suggested a $22 raise; employers, which wanted to see the minimum wage cut by $4; and the Labor Ministry.

Seven NagaWorld union representatives hold posters in front of the Labor Ministry gate after submitting a petition contesting the company's mass layoffs on June 8, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Arbitration Council Avoids Ruling on NagaWorld Mass Layoffs

A NagaWorld union representative said the Arbitration Council refused to adjudicate on the validity of the mega casino’s decision to layoff more than 1,300 workers, with a labor advocate saying the council wants a labor inspection procedure to decide the matter.

Workers mostly stay in their rented rooms during a self-isolation period, coming out occasionally to buy food, at a block of dorms where garment workers live in Phnom Penh’s Choam Chao commune on April 22, 2020. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Unions Urge Brands to Intervene on Suspension Pay Law Dispute

Garment and footwear unions asked brands to make their Cambodian suppliers pay workers that they say were short-changed during lockdowns, suspensions and permanent closures, in effect asking brands to intervene on the way the Labor Ministry and factories interpret the law.

A cement truck leaves the Naga 3 construction site in Phnom Penh's Tonle Bassac commune on July 10, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Only 377 NagaWorld Workers Still Holding Out Against Layoffs: Union

In a move a labor group said was unprecedented, NagaWorld is calling on governmental labor inspectors to authorize the dismissal of a group of union leaders as part of the casino’s mass layoffs, overriding the legal protections unionists enjoy unless they have committed serious offenses, a workers’ representative said.

A garment factory worker in Cambodia (ILO)

Unions to Boycott Labor Law Meeting Over Night-Shift Pay

Six unions announced they would boycott Tuesday’s meeting with the Labor Ministry where they were to discuss amendments to the Labor Law, a move that a ministry spokesperson said misunderstood economics and would have no impact.

Workers protest in front of the E.U. office in Phnom Penh on September 7, 2020. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

Labor Protests Draw Thousands of Workers, Warning Issued to Unionist

Thousands of workers took to the streets in multiple protests this week over unpaid wages from suspended factories as well as grievances related to benefits, as the Labor Ministry issued a warning against one unionist alleging an illegal strike and a man was detained while photographing a rally.