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No need for a labour court, Hun Sen says

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The premier said mediation at the Arbitration Council was sufficient. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday 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 explained that the current mechanism, which brings employer and workers together at a table with a mediator from the Labour Ministry’s Arbitration Council, is sufficient.

“Mediation with the trilateral mechanism is enough because solutions are found through this system, so we do not need a labour court,” he said.

Mr Hun Sen added that if the court was created, the result 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.

Labour Minister Ith Samheng said the ministry decided to scrap the draft law because the current resolution techniques were working.

He added that the decision was based on feedback from trade unions that advised the ministry the draft law did nothing to improve current resolution mechanisms.

Pav Sina, president of Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said yesterday that creating a labour court would only delay solutions to disputes. “Finding a solution over a labour dispute from the court would take a long time,” he said. “This would cause more hardships for workers, who would become frustrated with the wait.”

“The trilateral mechanism is better, but we still want to see it improved,” he added.

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