Cambodia: Embassy officials plan to conduct visits throughout Thailand to assess challenges of Cambodian workers

Author: Savi Khorn, The Phnom Penh Post, Published on: 13 June 2019

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The Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Bangkok has announced that it will conduct visits throughout Thailand to assess the challenges Cambodian workers face and provide them with services at their workplaces or residences.

Ouk Sorphorn, Cambodia’s Ambassador to Thailand, led a delegation … to visit more than 300 Cambodian workers at a Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CPF) chicken processing plant in Nakhon Ratchasima province in northeast Thailand.

He vowed that the embassy maintains its efforts to tackle the problems and challenges Cambodian workers face in Thailand.

Sorphorn said Cambodian workers strive to work hard, save money for their families back home and take better care of their health. He said they ought to learn a specific skill before they return to the Kingdom…

Following his June 7 visit to the chicken processing plant, he said CPF’s Cambodian workers are well taken care of according to the fair practices under Thai and international labour standards…

Centre for Alliance of Labour and Human Rights (Central) executive director Moeun Tola welcomed the move as positive for Cambodian workers in Thailand.

He called on the embassy to persuade the workers to speak up about the issues they face. He claimed they stay silent due to the belief that their Thai employers collude with the Cambodian embassy…

Some Cambodian workers continue to face issues such as being paid less than promised or salaries being delayed by the employer. Others have had their passports taken by their employers, Tola said.

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Related companies: Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF)