Labor Law to Amend to Increase Employment Opportunities and Boost Competitiveness

(Phnom Penh): This morning’s meeting was involved by many stakeholders to discuss on amendments to the Labor Law. Those stakeholders are workers’ unions, employers’ unions, employers’ associations, ministries and institutions, national and international organizations, diplomats and development partners, and International Labor Organization (ILO).

The experts met to give inputs on amendments to the law. The law is more than two decades valid to respond to the country’s socio-economic development.

Ith Samheng, Minister of Labor and Vocational Training, said that in line with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s sharp reform measures, the ministry has created a study group on the possibility to amend the Labor Law in accordance with the economic and social context. He made the remarks this morning January 16, 2020 during the opening of Consultative Workshop on Revising the Labor Law.

For amendments to Labor Law, the Ministry in collaboration with ILO experts organized meetings to hold discussion as follows:

1. First tripartite consultation workshop to discuss the possibility of revising regulations related to working shifts of factories, enterprises, establishments with more than one shift on a regular basis.

2. Cancellation of substitute holidays which fall on Sunday as applied on civil servants.

3. Extension of services of the Arbitration Council, a non-judicial labor dispute resolution body that is trusted by all parties.

The three points above are the priorities that the Working Group has studied and prepared for the Seminar to review and discuss together in order to come up with a better solution. It is also to improve labor rights and maintain Cambodia’s competitiveness.

Minister Ith Sam Heng said that the Ministry of Labor is ready to continue working with social partners and stakeholders to join the Royal Government in achieving Cambodia’s vision of an upper-middle income country by 2030 and a high-income country by 2050.

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