Nearly 1,000 workers from the Collective Union of Movement of Workers on Saturday kicked off a campaign to demand government intervention to end short-term contracts being peddled to a majority of garment workers.
The campaign, Stop Precarious Work, follows comments made by Prime Minister Hun Sen last week, when he asked employers to end the practice while speaking to about 10,000 workers.
On Saturday, CUMW members marched in Por Senchey district’s Chom Choa commune to celebrate the World Day for Decent Work.
“The campaign aims to shed light on the fact that workers do not favour the contracts and suffer under them because they provide no job security,” said CUMW president Pav Sina, adding most contracts are for just three months.
Mr Sina said employers use short-term contracts because it makes it easier to fire workers if they become activists or attempt to unionise.
“If the workers try to unionise inside the factory, they will face dismissal from the company’s owners most of the time,” he said.
Garment worker So Pheakna said companies use the short-term contracts to select staff, keeping workers that do not fight for better working conditions and dismissing those that do.
“After three months, we do not know if we will still have jobs or not,” she said. “We are always worried about our job security.”