City Hall will not allow the Cambodian Labour Confederation to stage a planned protest in front of the Labour Ministry today to demand a minimum wage for workers in the tourism, service and agriculture sectors.
In letters, dated on Thursday and seen yesterday, Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng informed Morm Rithy, president of the Cambodian Tourism and Services Workers Federation and Heng Choeun, president of the Cambodian Agricultural Workers Federation that CLC’s request for permission to stage the protest was rejected.
“I want to tell you that the gathering of 150 workers in front of the Labour Ministry to file a petition to demand a minimum wage and service charge planned for Monday, July 15 will not be allowed,” he said. “You can hold a protest at your office or in Freedom Park.”
Mr Sreng said the unions can assign five representatives to bring petitions to the Labour Ministry.
“If you still hold a protest at the place you have planned or along public roads, which can affect security and public order, you will face action according to the law,” he warned
A CLC press release issued yesterday said that CTSWF and CAWF members will hold a gathering, facilitated by CLC, at the ministry today from 9am to 11am and noted it expects 150 representatives of workers in the tourism and agriculture sectors and allied unions to take part.
“The main purpose of the gathering is to file a petition urging the ministry to issue a directive to set a minimum wage for workers in the tourism and service sectors in Cambodia,” it said. “We are also seeking better working conditions and workplace safety and also health insurance for the workers,” the statement noted.
Ath Thorn, CLC president, yesterday said that he will present the petitions from the two unions to ministry officials today.
“We will still gather in front of the ministry although City Hall has rejected our request,” he said, adding that they are seeking a minimum wage of at least $300 for those working in the tourism and service sectors.