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Cambodia: The govt. approves draft amendment Law on Trade Unions; while unions claim their demands are not fully met

Author: Long Kimmarita, The Phnom Penh Post, Published on: 15 October 2019

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The Council of Ministers approved draft amendments to 10 articles of the Law on Trade Unions without modification …, leaving some unions disappointed and claiming that the majority of their suggestions had not been included.

Articles 3, 17, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 54, 55 and 59 of the Law on Trade Unions are now set to be amended, following their approval at the plenary session of the Council of Ministers chaired by Prime Minister Hun Sen ...

However, some unions expressed disappointment after having requested that the government include their input to improve the situation in the garment sector.

Collective Union of Movement of Workers president Pav Sina said … that it was a positive step for the government to make amendments to the trade union law, because some articles had limitations and presented obstacles to unions and workers.

But he said the government had only accepted a small portion of the unions’ suggestions…

Cambodian Labour Confederation president Ath Thorn said no changes were made at the Council of Ministers because the institution generally toes the government line.

‘‘There is usually little change to laws proposed by the government, despite demands from civil society organisations and unions,” he said.

Thorn said only a small amount of the unions’ proposals had been incorporated into the draft law that would now reach the National Assembly.

“Out of 15 articles that the unions proposed amending, we see only 10 have been amended by the Council of Ministers…

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