Cambodia passes trade union law despite strong opposition over anti-union provisions; UN, brands issue statements
On 3 April 2016, Cambodia’s parliament passed the disputed trade union law, which imposes stricter regulations on unions, and which labour rights groups allege is not in compliance with ILO Convention 87 on freedom of association and protection of the right to organize, and ILO Convention 98 on the right to organize and collective bargaining.
Prior to the law’s passage, 43 rights organizations wrote to brands sourcing from Cambodia to urge the Cambodian Government to meet its ILO commitments. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the brands named in the letter to share their statements in relation to the issue. Their responses are included below.