Ministry toughens teen labour ID requirements

December 29th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

The Ministry of Labour has announced new regulations for hiring workers between the ages of 15 and 18, toughening identification requirements in a sector plagued by the use of fraudulent documents.

The prakas, active since November 20, requires young workers to show at least three different kinds of identification documents to employers. …

Lay Samean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-toughens-teen-labour-id-requirements

Jobs plentiful, but wages low for Kingdom’s youth

November 25th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

While unemployment rates are low among Cambodian youths, their jobs are largely poorly paid and informal, providing them with just enough money to survive on, according to a recent report.

The report, released on Sunday by youth NGO the Youth Resource Development Program (YRDP) and the Ministry of Labour, found that Cambodians aged 15 to 30 have an unemployment rate of just 2.5 per cent.​ …

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/jobs-plentiful-wages-low-kingdoms-youth

Takeo garment workers protest at Ministry of Labour

November 12th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

More than 300 garment workers from Takeo province protested in front of the Ministry of Labour yesterday, following two weeks of strikes over working conditions.

Workers requested intervention from the ministry over the dismissal of 1,000 striking workers as well as 13 demands including lunch money, a transportation allowance and conforming to wage laws. …

Pech Sotheary
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/takeo-garment-workers-protest-ministry-labour

Fighting child labour

October 7th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

While Cambodia marginally stepped up efforts to combat child labour in 2014, a lack of resources and corruption remain massive impediments to the fight, according to a report released by the United States Department of Labor last week. …

It attributed those improvements largely to beefed-up inspections from the Ministry of Labour, which increased the number of inspectors trained to find child labour from 35 in 2013 to 58 in 2014. …

Charles Rollet
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fighting-child-labour

Unions’ house divided

September 24th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

A secret ballot yesterday failed to resolve garment union splits over what to demand at upcoming minimum wage talks, with at least one independent union rejecting the majority vote of $158 and vowing to put forward $178.

The division came a day after Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour warned that unions would forfeit their chance of submitting a proposal if they failed to offer up a single figure for Friday’s tripartite talks with manufacturers and the government to raise the minimum wage.​ …

Mom Kunthear and Shaun Turton
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unions-house-divided

Hundreds of thousands without Thai work papers

June 12th, 2015 , The Phnom Penh Post

With less than three weeks left until the deadline, over 300,000 Cambodian migrants registered in Thailand have not completed the verification process necessary to receive work visas, raising the possibility of a repeat of last year’s mass exodus.

According to figures from the Thai Labour Ministry obtained yesterday, out of almost 520,000 registered Cambodian migrants, approximately 98,000 already had all the necessary documentation, while around 107,000 have completed the verification process and now possess work visas valid until March 2016. But almost 314,000 do not have passports and are yet to be verified. …

Charles Parkinson
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hundreds-thousands-without-thai-work-papers