Gov’t set ground rules for ongoing wage talks

(21-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue54,page17)

The Labor Ministry laid out the ground rules for unions and factories yesterday at the first meeting of a new working group charged with getting the two sides to agree on a new minimum wage for garment workers, including a condition that they address each other politely. The ministry wants the unions and factories to agree on a recommended raise to the current monthly minimum wage of $100 in order to avoid the crippling strikes some of the unions staged after failing to win the $160 they were demanding in December. Aiming to get the more militant unions in on the talks, the ministry announced the creation of a new working group last week made up of nine representatives each from the unions, factories and government.

ADB to Help Find Answers for Railway Families

(21-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue54,page16)

ADB to Help Find Answers for Railway Families The Asian Development Bank yesterday promised to help pry answer out of the government for residents of Phnom Penh who fear losing all or some of their land to a bank-funded project to rehabilitate the community’s railway network. ADB country director Eric Sidgwick made the pledge outside the bank’s country office, where about 200 representatives of those families had gathered to protest. Some 1,000 families whose homes abutted dilapidated sections of track in several provinces have already been evicted to make way for the project. The families who gathered at the ADB office Monday have not lost their homes, but are anxious because the government has not said how much land on either side of the track future upgrades will require.

CNRP Begins registration for first opposition TV station

(21-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue54,page15)

CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said yesterday that a group of people close to the opposition party has applied to register a firm with the government that will operate the television license promised to the CNRP by Prime Minister Hun Sen during the political deadlock. Mr. Hun Sen on June 10 pledged that the CNRP, whose 55 lawmakers were boycotting the National Assembly at the time, would be allowed a TV station if CNRP President Sam Rainsy registered a private company and then applied for a license.

Preah Vihear Protests Clash with Security guards in Capital

(21-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue54,page15)

Eighteen land rights protestors from Preah Vihear province were injured during a Clash with district security guards in Phnom Penh yesterday after they attempted to deliver a petition at Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house, a rights group said.

Labour talks ‘show promise’

(21-October-2014 / The Phnom Penh Post)

The first of 10 planned negotiation sessions between union manufacturer and government officials on the minimum wage in Cambodia’s garment sector yesterday showed promise, several who attended the meeting said. After the meeting of the working group, which includes nine members from each stakeholder group, participants were introduced to each other and given data to consider. “From my point of view, I think it’s good that the government has brought both parties to the table to discuss,” said Kong Athit, vice president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union.

Parties yet to agree on part of NEC draft law

(21-October-2014 / The Phnom Penh Post)

Hopes that the ruling and opposition parties would finally reach full accord on a new National Election Committee draft law were dashed yesterday as talks foundered on the qualifications the secretary-general of the new institution must possess.After a meeting that lasted more than two hours, Cambodian People’s Party working group chief Bin Chhin and his Cambodia National Rescue Party counterpart Kuoy Bunroeun said the parties had reached “90 per cent” agreement. “But regarding the secretary-general and deputy secretaries-general [of the NEC], we have disagreed on the qualifications [they should have],” Chhin said.

Another protest turns bloody

(21-October-2014 / The Phnom Penh Post)

Land protests from Preah Vihear province who came to Phnom Penh seeking a resolution to their disputes were brutally beaten by security forces yesterday as they attempted to deliver petitions to Prime Minister Hun Sen. About 100 people representing 333 families in Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune marched yesterday morning to the Chinese, Russian and Australian embassies before attempting to deliver a petition to Hun Sen’s cabinet.

Gov’t official vow to give Nauru refugees honest living assessment

(21-October-2014 / The Phnom Penh Post)

As a group of Cambodian officials reportedly departed for Australia and asylum seeker detention centers on the Pacific island of Nauru last night, the Interior Ministry said that refugees would be given a brutally realistic summation of contemporary Cambodia before they choose to come here.

Free Trade Union proposes $130 Garment worker minimum wage

(20-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue53,page15)

One of the country’s largest unions yesterday came out in favor of a new minimum wage for garment workers far lower than what many of its counterparts have been agitating for over the past several months, bolstering prospects for a compromise with factories.

Australia Thanks Cambodia for controversial refugee deal

(20-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue53,page15)

Australia’s foreign affairs minister thanked Prime Minister Hun Sen on the sideline of a meeting in Italy over the week-end of agreeing to resettle refugees seeking asylum in Australia , and stressed that the transfers would be on a voluntary basis.