Labour Minister Ith Samheng has warned that any registered unions that remain inactive would be dissolved, while at the same time welcoming new unions as long as they respected the law.
Mr Samheng, speaking at an event on Monday to promote the new chairman of the Cambodian Council of National Unions, said all unions had to act in accordance with the Labour Law and the Union Law.
“I am not afraid of having more unions, but I want good unions that are active and professional. We have to reform them and we will not keep those that have been inactive in society after they registered with the ministry,” he said.
Mr Samheng said unions must work to improve their leadership, remain in solidarity with each other and not discriminate.
“When we follow the law, there will be no one against us. We must strengthen our unions,” he said, noting there were already more than 7,000 unions in Cambodia.
“I do not mind how many unions have registered with the ministry, but they have to respect the law,” he added.
CCNU’s new chairman Sam Soeun said he supported Mr Samheng’s bid to strengthen unions by deleting those that are inactive.
“I believe that Labour Ministry leaders will not allow unions to continue abusing the law or taking advantage of workers,” he said.