Labor

Unions

Hundreds pray for release of unionists

Hundreds of workers from the Agile Sweater factory in Kampong Speu province gathered in front of the provincial court on 13 January, praying for authorities to release five unionists arrested at the factory on 12 January. The workers lit incense sticks as they massed in prayer, ...

Businesses want say in union law talks

Employers have requested to meet with a bipartisan committee reviewing the draft trade union law in a bid to air their own concerns about the controversial legislation. So far, the joint committee has only addressed unions’ concerns about the law threatening their freedom to organise – ...

Union law debated

The first meeting of a bipartisan committee to work out criticisms of the controversial draft trade union law resulted in what unions considered meagre concessions, although the opposition hailed the process’ cooperative spirit. According to Sok Eysan, spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and chief ...

Minister defends draft union law

Cambodia’s Labour Minister Ith Samheng made a lengthy defence of the draft trade union law on 30 December, claiming it would stabilise the Kingdom’s troubled labour relations, even as he pledged to find the “mastermind” behind recent protests in the Svay Rieng town of Bavet. Speaking ...

Cambodia's labour law delayed after protests

The government has agreed to delay the passage of a controversial law governing the trade union sector, announcing it would set up a national workshop to work out the legislation’s thornier clauses on 15 December. The decision comes after repeated protestations from a coalition of 23 ...

US to review Thai trade benefits after labour complaint

The United States will review Thailand’s eligibility for trade benefits after complaints that the country is not properly protecting workers’ rights, the US Trade Representative said. Keep reading ...

THAI staff threaten strike action

Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) has assured it plans no salary cuts for middle-level and low-level staff amid speculation ground staff plan a strike against the company’s cost-cutting scheme.  Rumours of a strike on 25 November spread rapidly on social media via groups of staff, prompting urgent attempts ...

Activists call for delay of controversial union law

A group of more than 20 union leaders filed a petition in front of the National Assembly on 16 November demanding a delay in the passage of the draft trade union law, while yet again requesting a full copy of the controversial legislation. The draft law, which ...

Cambodia's garment unions weigh protests

Garment workers unions unhappy with next year’s recently announced $140 minimum wage for the sector will meet this week to determine whether or not to hold demonstrations to protest the disappointingly low figure. The unions were pushing for $160 a month when the government announced the ...

LFTU's seventh congress concluded in Vientiane

The Seventh nationwide Congress of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU) concluded on 15 October with the election of 49 members as the new Executive Committee to further oversee the tasks of the union. The congress elected Mr Pan Noymany as the President of the LFTU ...

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