Labour Minister Ith Samheng has created a working group composed of representatives of employers, government and workers tasked with discussing amending Labour Law articles.
The government is currently aiming to amend the 1997 Labour Law.
The amendment will includes Articles 144, 162 and 300, night-shift and day-shift wages and public holiday policy.
Article 162 states that if a public holiday falls on Sunday, workers will have the following day off.
It will also include the scope of the Arbitration Council to resolve an individual dispute in Article 300.
Mr Samheng said that the amendment is a sensitive issue as it could affect each party’s interests.
“I told the working group to draw up a tripartite mechanism that consists of equal voices from workers, employers and the government so that main issues will be discussed for amendment,” Mr Samheng said.
He said that a consultation period will be held until all parties come to an agreement.
“We will discuss it until everyone agrees. The ministry and government can approve it, so then we will approve the amendment. I believe that this mechanism is acceptable to all parties involved,” Mr Samheng said.
He said the amendments are crucial because they are made in response to socio-economic development, improving labour productivity and competitiveness.
“I would like to take this opportunity to make sure that the interests of all workers are not affected,” Mr Samheng said.
Ath Thorn, president of Cambodia Labour Confederation, yesterday said that workers lost a lot of benefits due to the proposed amendments.
“I still demand the government to keep the same labour law. All these articles that the ministry wants to have amended do not benefit the workers at all,” Mr Thorn said.
He said that the proposed amendments do not only affect garment and footwear workers but also impact those working in entertainment, hotels and casinos.