Friday, March 18, 2016
Trade union legislation.
On April 4, the National Assembly will vote on a new trade union bill intended to promote smooth relations between workers and employers. However, unions, employers and international civil society organisations have repeatedly criticised the draft legislation; on March 15, several unions wrote to Prime Minister Hun Sen calling for more changes ahead of April's vote.
- Foreign firms using Cambodian manufacturers will push for fair wages, putting pressure on employers.
- Labour unrest could see investment pledges delayed, or sent to other countries.
- The opposition could gain further worker support if it boycotts the trade union law vote on April 4.
- Yet this would strain government-opposition rapprochement, undermining political stability and potentially seeing a backlash.