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Draft labour law trashed

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Labour Minister Ith Samheng said the proposed law was unnecessary after unions disagreed with it. Supplied

The government has decided to eliminate the draft law on Procedure of Labour Dispute Judgement that was expected to come into force by next year, the Labour Minister said yesterday.

“The ministry and also the government have decided not to establish the law on Procedure of Labour Dispute Judgement any more,” Ith Samheng said.

“We eliminated this draft law. We will keep using the same resolution techniques as we as have been doing so far by the Labour Ministry, labour law and Arbitration Council,” Mr Samheng said.

Mr Samheng said the decision was based on feedback from trade unions, who advised the ministry that the draft law did nothing to improve upon the current resolution mechanisms.

Mr Samheng backed existing resolution techniques. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Yang Sophorn, president of the Cambodian Alliance Trade Unions, said she supported the government’s decision.

“The unions did not support the draft law since its initial conception, and we are happy to see the government eliminate this law,” she said.

“We do not want to see the government create a law to use whenever they want without discussing with all relevant officials or institutes.”

Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, also welcomed the move.

“I think it is good to not establish this law because we do not need it. We have mechanisms in place already that everybody is satisfied with.”

Mr Sina said that there was a lot of controversy surrounding the draft law.

“This draft law was worse than the labour dispute resolutions we are now using,” he said.

“So, I am very happy to know that the government has eliminated it.”

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