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Cambodia: The Senate approve amendments to the Law on Trade Unions; while unionists claim their suggestions are not considered

"Senate passes amendments to 10 articles of trade union law", 9 December 2019

The Senate … approved draft amendments to 10 articles of the Law on Trade Unions at the fourth session of the fourth legislature. It did so without modification, following its approval by the National Assembly last month.

The 10 articles comprise Articles 3, 17, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 54, 55 and 59 of the Law on Trade Unions, …

Collective Union of Movement of Workers (CUMW) president Pav Sina told … that the approval was not surprising as the National Assembly had never been receptive to suggestions and recommendations from relevant institutions.

He expressed disappointment with the amendments to the trade union law as unions had been proposing a series of ideas even before the law was approved in 2016, but their input had not been incorporated.

For the last amendment, suggestions from the unions were largely ignored and excluded.

“I think they made little revision to the law. So its implementation remains a problem. As we’ve seen, the rights of workers and freedom of unions were restricted by the law. It restricts us to only accompanying workers instead of having the right to represent them,” he said…

Checking financial reports and appointing an independent auditor to inspect activities are also forms of interference in the internal affairs of unions, Sina said, adding that a majority of union statutes had been established under the guidance of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training…

Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training spokesman Heng Sour could not be reached for comment…

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