No labour court needed, says PM

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Prime Minister Hun Sen said today that the country does not need a labour court to solve disputes because the current trilateral mechanism in place is sufficient.

Speaking to garment factory workers in Phnom Penh, Mr Hun Sen said the current mechanism, which brings employers and workers together at a table with a mediator from the Labour Ministry’s Arbitration Council, was sufficient.

“Through mediation with the trilateral mechanism, it is enough now because solutions are found through this system and we do not need a labour court,” he said.

Mr Hun Sen added that if the court was created, the results from proceedings might favour one party more than the other, whereas the Arbitration Council reaches solutions that both parties can accept.

“The best way to solve disputes is mediation with the trilateral mechanism,” he said. “All sides win together. Employers and workers find solidarity and solutions over disputes.”

In October, the government trashed a draft law on the Procedure of Labour Dispute Judgment that was expected to come into force this year, establishing a labour court.

Labor Minister Ith Samheng said the ministry decided to trash the draft law because the current resolution techniques are working.

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