Sweden is contributing $268,000 to the Arbitration Council Foundation to strengthen the country’s industrial relations and labour market conditions.
The ACF hosted a signing ceremony yesterday for the one-year core support agreement, worth 2.5 million Swedish Krona, which is equivalent to about $268,000.
Samuel Hurtig, embassy head of development cooperation, yesterday said education and the labour market is one of the focus areas for Sweden’s development cooperation with Cambodia, noting that the foundation has significantly contributed to solving labour disputes with fair and equitable solutions.
“Sweden has supported the ACF to promote social dialogues to contribute to a sound industrial relation environment in Cambodia since 2014,” Mr Hurtig said.
A press release from the Swedish embassy yesterday noted that Sweden gave the ACF more than $1.2 million between 2014 and last year.
Men Nimith, ACF executive director, yesterday said the Arbitration Council has achieved good results in labour dispute resolution, adding that last year the ACF handled 2,765 cases affecting more than 1.07 million workers in the industrial and service sectors.
“Among all cases received, the council achieved an extraordinary 73.20 percent resolution success rate,” he said. “We are committed to providing labour dispute resolution services that help hundreds of businesses and investors and several thousands of Cambodia’s workers across the country.”
Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union, yesterday noted that labour dispute resolution delivered by the Arbitration Council brought positive results for workers.
“The arbitration council has been considered as an independent institution for garment workers. I think 90 percent of its rulings are acceptable and reasonable if we compare it to court decisions,” he said. “However, disputing parties are not required to abide by the council’s decisions, so when a party refuses to accept a decision, another party has to file a complaint to the court and the case has to be decided again by the court.”