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No One in Union Law Firing Line, Says Vannak

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Yesterday’s workshop attracted a wide range of representatives. Supplied

The government yesterday assured those in the garment industry that the Trade Union Law, which came into effect in May, is not meant to put pressure on any particular group, but rather to help employers and employees work together in harmony.
 
Labor Ministry secretary of state Mam Vannak told attendees of the “Law on Trade Union” workshop yesterday, which consisted mostly of factory management from the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), that the government considers both unions and employers’ associations to be social partners who need to equally contribute to protect the interests of garment workers.
 
“Some parties think that the creation of the Trade Union Law is to put pressure on employers or on professional organizations or on unions so they don’t have protests, demonstrations or strikes,” Mr. Vannak said.
 
“But in fact, the government never intended to put pressure on the parties as alleged.”
 
He explained that the government’s intention had always been to facilitate the cooperation between employer associations and unions by using legal means to solve disputes, instead of through protests which often result in financial losses for both the employer and employee.
 
He also emphasized that the government did not rush through the drafting of the law, noting that the legislation has been sought since 2008 and took eight years before it was approved.
 
“If we comprehensively analyze this law, I think that it is appropriate to say that it is acceptable,” he said.
 
GMAC first deputy chairman Kong Sang echoed Mr. Vannak’s statement, noting that a union law would be beneficial so long as all the stakeholders abided by it and that the government diligently enforced it.
 
“The law was created to help employers and unions to work together smoothly and I would like to urge the employers and unions to abide by this law and to the government to enforce this law,” Mr. Sang said.
 
“If so, then we will be able to work in harmony.”
 
Last month, union officials expressed dissatisfaction over the Trade Union Law six months into its implementation. They claimed the law did not live up to its promises, chief among which was the protection of workers’ rights.
 
The law, which was heralded by the government as a way of controlling unruly unions accused of impeding public order and traffic, has long been criticized by labor unions as having been forced upon them without due process.
 
Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said last month that a number of union officials have complained about issues with implementing the law, especially activity and financial reporting requirements that now must be sent to the Labor Ministry.
 
The law was first proposed in 2014 amid widespread labor unrest and strikes, largely in the garment sector.
 
According to officials from the American Center for International Labor Solidarity yesterday, the law’s implementation may have had a role in reducing the number of labor disputes.
 
They noted that in 2015, 338 labor disputes were recorded, while 2016 has so far seen 219 cases.
 
In early September, Labor Minister Ith Samheng told a workshop on the topic of trade union and employer association registration at the ministry that since the law came into effect in May, the number of unions had increased.
 
He said that between 300 and 400 new unions had been started, while union federations had grown from 82 to 103 and one new union confederation had been created.

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