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Cambodia: The Ministry of Labour submits amendments to the Law on Trade Union to the Council of Ministers; unions request more suggestions to be considered

Author: Long Kimmarita, The Phnom Penh Post, Published on: 20 September 2019

"Law on Trade Unions amendment sent to Council of Ministers", 19 September 2019

Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training spokesman Heng Sour said the Supreme Consultation Council supported its decision to submit the amendment of the Law on Trade Unions to the Council of Ministers.

The proposed amendments affect Articles 3, 17, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 54, and 59 of the current law and are mostly related to the rights involved in holding demonstrations…

Sour told … that although some bills had been removed and some others had been accepted, the Council of Ministers supported and welcomed the amendment.

“After discussions and getting the Council’s support, the ministry will propose that the bills be included in the meeting agenda with it [the Council],” Sour said.

… Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union president Ath Thorn said although the Labour Ministry accepted some suggestions from the unions, the percentage of suggestions used in the amendment remains limited.

He asked the government and National Assembly to reconsider and include more union suggestions in the amendment.

“Unions called for the amendment of more than 10 Articles in the current law, but the ministry did not accept all our suggestions,” he said.

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