Industrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminar in Cambodia

JILAF held an industrial relations and labour policy seminar in Phnom Penh on July 4–5 jointly with the Cambodian Council of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-CC). The seminar was attended by 75 people from the three national centers affiliated with the ITUC-CC, namely, the Cambodian Confederation of Trade Unions (CCTU), Cambodian Confederation of Unions (CCU), and Cambodian Labour Confederation (CLC).
The main theme of the seminar was the role of trade unions in an age of globalization. Discussions focused on how to improve the environment surrounding workers and trade unions at a time when Asian countries are achieving rapid economic growth.
Deputy Secretary of State Sat Sakmut of the Cambodian Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and General Secretary Noriyuki Suzuki of the Asia-Pacific Regional Office of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-AP) attended the opening ceremony and expressed their expectations of the seminar. ITUC-AP General Secretary Suzuki also delivered a lecture titled “Employment Stability and Industrial Relations,” in which he proposed six issues related to globalization: (1) the imbalance in international wealth; (2) the decline of labour’s share in the distribution of profits; (3) the imbalance between productivity improvement and real wages; (4) the increase of nonregular labour; (5) weak social insurance systems in Asia; and (6) definition of the minimum wage and living wage. General Secretary Suzuki also touched on the future direction to be taken by the ITUC-CC movement on the premise of strengthened solidarity.
JILAF representatives gave lectures on “Economic and Social Development and the Social Role of the Labour Movement” and “Establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and Trade Unions.” In the former lecture, after outlining an awareness of the situation, including the changes surrounding workers brought about by globalization, the JILAF speaker explained that the transformation and experience of industrial relations in Japan was a useful reference for the stabilization of industrial relations in Asian countries. In the latter lecture, the speaker shared his awareness of moves toward economic cooperation ahead of the AEC’s establishment and the impact on Cambodia.
The seminar ended with group discussions and presentations on the theme of “employment stability and the building of constructive industrial relations.” The groups each presented specific action plans on such issues as the building of constructive industrial relations through contributions to productivity improvement and efforts to give regular employee status to contract workers.

Schedule

DateContents
07/04FriIndustrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminar day 1
07/05SatIndustrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminar day 2

Photos of Participants

Opening ceremony of the seminar

Deputy Secretary of State Sat Sakmut of the Cambodian Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training addresses the opening ceremony

Lecture by ITUC-AP General Secretary Suzuki

ITUC-CC Secretary General Rong Chhun

Answering questions from the floor

Group discussions were followed by presentations