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Cambodia: Govt. supports UN's Future of Work Initiative and continues to comply with ILO conventions

Author: Sochan Ry, The Phnom Penh Post, Published on: 18 April 2019

"Labour minister: The Kingdom supports UN’s ‘Future of Work’", 12 April 2019

Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Sam Heng told the UN … that Cambodia supported its Future of Work Initiative as it prepares the workforce for the Fourth Industrial Revolution…

“As we enter the second decade of promoting social justice and decent jobs for all, Cambodia supports the Future of Work Initiative. Development partners need to be focused to prepare for the challenges arising from technological advances,” he said.

Sam Heng also said Cambodia would continue applying ILO conventions, particularly the eight core ones, to ensure that labour rights and working conditions are implemented transparently and non-discriminately.

This, he said, was based on the principles of the rule of law to successfully meet the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals…

The Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union’s president Ath Thorn told … that technological advances were positive, but the state needed to focus on improving skills through vocational training to maximise the impact.

Collective Union of Movement of Workers (CUMW) president Pav Sina told … that the Fourth Industrial Revolution must be met with improvements in training to get the best from it.

“When adjusting to technological developments, it means we also need to better train our human resources,” he said.

..., Sina said: “To make working conditions better, union freedoms must be guaranteed to allow them to fully represent workers and get bosses to meet employment standards. But on the contrary, we see problems are still occurring every day.”

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