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GMAC urges unions to respect labour directive

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Garment workers working in a factory. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia has demanded all unions respect Directive 443 issued by the Labour Ministry and for the government to urge those affected by the directive to comply.

The directive covers two aspects: the first is to clarify a recent Labour Law amendment pertaining to seniority payments and the second is to establish a new requirement for employers to pay wages once every two weeks.

The directive, which will be implemented in January, said an employee is entitled to an annual seniority payment equal to 15 days of wages and other benefits.

GMAC said in a statement yesterday that it has noticed that some unions are leading employees to go on strike to demand that employers pay their seniority indemnity as a one-time package.

“According to the [Directive] on Payment of Seniority Indemnity of the Labour Ministry issued on September 21, in Article 3, clearly stipulates for the back pay of seniority indemnity before  2019, employees who have been working […], the employer shall pay back pay of 30 days of the total seniority indemnity once per year,” it said. “That’s 15 days in June and 15 days in December each year.”

Full story in Thursday’s paper


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