(New York) – The Cambodian government should revise the draft trade union law submitted to the National Assembly to ensure it fully protects all workers’ rights, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should promptly set a date for a “national workshop” with “all relevant parties,” to which it agreed after trade unions raised objections to the draft law, and ensure the meeting is transparent and participatory.
“While the latest draft Trade Union Law improves on previous versions, it still falls far short of protecting the rights of workers and their unions,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “Too many provisions could easily be abused by the government and employers, so donors should press for genuine consultations to substantially revise the draft.”
The draft Trade Union Law has been under consideration since 2008. It has been the subject of discussions over the years with unions, employers’ associations, and the International Labour Organization (ILO), most recently in mid-2015. Despite calls by workers and unions for further consultations to resolve key issues, the cabinet on November 13, 2015, adopted the current draft and sent it to the National Assembly for approval.