Labour-Management Relations and Labour Policy Seminar in Cambodia

In collaboration with the Cambodian Council of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-CC), the JILAF held a seminar on labour-management relations and labour policy in Phnom Penh on June 21–22 with the participation of 60 trade union leaders and others.

With the main theme of globalisation and role of trade unions, the seminar developed specific discussions on building of constructive labour-management relations, fundamental workers’ rights, and social security.

The first day, the seminar began with a keynote lecture relating to globalisation, and, the second day, group discussions on the specific topics were developed and their action plans were formulated.

At the opening of the seminar, Brother Chuon Mom Thol, General Secretary of the ITUC-CC expressed his gratitude for JILAF’s continuous support, which has continued since 2001. He then noted that Cambodia’s economic and industrial development was just on an initial stage, and emphasised that, in order to improve the living standards of workers, there was much to learn from the Japanese labour movement.

Brother Hisashige Danno, Executive Director of the JILAF analysed current situations in Cambodia, saying, “With the accelerating process of globalisation, ASEAN economies are achieving spectacular growth, but the main reason for this growth is the entry of multinational companies. In Cambodia, industries are shifting from agriculture to manufacturing, such as sewing, retail businesses, and other sectors financed by direct investment from overseas, and the diversification of industry has just begun.” And he continued, “In these circumstances, trade unions are facing the need to build long-term labour-management relations with various multinational enterprises. As shown by the example of Japan, the key to establish long-term labour-management relations lies in effectively harmonizing labour-management consultations focusing on the improvement of productivity and collective bargaining. For this purpose, mutual trust between union members and their leadership is essential.”

Brother Rong Chhun, President of Cambodian Confederation of Unions (CCU) and Brother Ek Sopheakdey, Vice President of Cambodian Labour Confederation (CLC), and, Mr. Sum Paar En, 1st Vice President of Dispute Office of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MoLVT) attended the seminar and made presentations on Cambodia’s legislations related to labour-management relations and social security system. While pointing out the challenges that they face, they stressed the need for cooperation among workers, the government, employers, non-governmental organisations and others.

After those lectures and group discussions, the participants made comments such as “I understood the importance of establishing long-term labour-management relations based on productivity” and “Setting a time frame is effective for conducting collective bargaining.”

Schedule

DateContents
06/21FriSeminar Day 1
06/22SatSeminar Day 2

Photos of Participants

Scene of the seminar

Group discussions

Group discussions