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Cambodian union representatives to boycott meeting on Labour Law amendment

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A previous union meeting with the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training. KT/Pann Rachana

Cambodian union representatives have said they will not attend a meeting with the Ministry of Labour regarding an amendment to the Labour Law that will reduce night shift wages and reduce holiday entitlement.

The move comes after the authorities’ bid to bring the night shift wage in line with the day rate and to end compensatory day-offs in the workplace to increase Cambodia’s economic competitiveness.

This is regarding public holidays that fall on a Sunday where the employee usually gets the following Monday off work too.

The meeting is due to be held today between the Ministry of Labour, working groups and relevant unions.

The meeting is set to discuss the Labour Law of Article 144 and the proposed amendment on the reduction of night-shift wages from 130 percent of the day-rate, to 100 percent.

They will also discuss Article 162 and the proposed amendment that if there is a National holiday on Sunday, there would be no extending day off.

“The move will bring many disadvantages to Cambodian workers, especially the loss of economic benefits,” said a statement released by the Cambodian union representatives yesterday.

These representatives include people from the Cambodian Labour Confederation, the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union, the Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions and the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

The Cambodian union representatives have made many requests to dismiss the amendment on this labour law during the first phase of meetings on January 16, 2020, and the second phase on July 21, 2020, according to the statement.

They also stated: “We would like to appeal to ask that the Ministry of Labour   dismiss the amendment to the Labour Law as we requested in the first and second phase”.

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