New hope for SL strike resolution

November 5th, 2013 , The Phnom Penh Post

With union and company officials at one of Asia’s largest garment factories making no progress in resolving a strike that has lasted nearly three months, a pair of labour relation groups are working on an agreement that all sides hope will end the deadlock.

officials from the International Labour Organizations’s Better Factories Cambodia and Cambodia’s Arbitration Council Foundation yesterday confirmed that the group have been working in conjunction.

Over the past two weeks, the council and BFC have held separate meetings with management at SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) Ltd and the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union (C.CAWDU) – which represents the majority of SL’s employees – said Jason Judd, a BFC technical specialist. …

Sean Teehan and Mom Kunthear

Labor Dispute Cases Rise in Garment, Footwear Industry

January 11th, 2013 , The Cambodia Daily

The Arbitration Council heard about 230 collective labor disputes in the garment and footwear industry involving approximately 98,000 workers in 2012, a 38 percent increase from 2011, which saw 161 cases handled, according to the council.

Y Samphy, training and communications manager for the council’s Arbitration Council Foundation, said the labor dispute body received 255 total cases, the highest number since the council was establish in 2003, and 90 percent of the cases were in the garment and footwear industry.

Despite the rise in cases, the number of workers involved dropped from 173,000 workers workers in 2011 to about 98, 000 workers in 2012, he said. …

Dene-Hern Chen and Kaing Menghun, P.20

MoU the key to compliance

July 26th, 2012 , The Phnom Penh Post

Amid a spate of garment factory strikes – including one at Tai Yang Enterprises that has lasted more than a month – Cambodia’s Arbitration Council yesterday said it wanted the industry to renew a memorandum of understanding on industrial action that has been in limbo since November.

“[The MoU] is something we would like the industry to come to the table on,” Arbitration Council Foundation executive director Sok Lor told the Post.

Strikes have increased significantly at garment factories since the MoU expired…

Shane Worrell and Mom Kunthear, P. 2