Heng Sour, Minister of Labour and Vocational Training, on Monday, November 20, 2023, made 10 recommendations to the National Tripartite Consultative Workshop on “Preparation of a Decent Work Programme for Cambodia 2024-2028” as a basis as well as an input for the workshop for dialogue to ensure the best interests of Cambodia.
The workshop was attended by Oktavianto Pasaribu, Deputy Director of the Office of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos; Sam Soeun, President of the National Trade Union Council for a decent work programme in Cambodia (NTUC); and Oknha Sok Piseth, President of the Cambodian Federation of Employers and Business Associations (CAMFEBA).
The 10 recommendations include: (1) building trust from all stakeholders on the efficiency of the ministry’s operators; (2) establishing compliance with working conditions and health conditions (OSH); (3) strengthening the effectiveness of labour dispute resolution mechanisms (Arbitration councils); (4) expansion of the Social Security Fund; (5) migrant workers; (6) elimination of serious forms of child labour; (7) obligations to train apprentices to increase the effectiveness of trainees; (8) vocational technical training through vocational and technical training programs for 1.5 million target youth; (9) promoting the gender of female workers in accordance with the principles of equity; and (10) strengthening the tripartite mechanism.
For the Minister, 10 recommendations will be improved in the fields of employment, social security, and vocational training in the Kingdom of Cambodia, in line with the goals of the Royal Government announced at the beginning of the mandate.
Before concluding, the Minister expected that the National Tripartite Consultative Workshop on “Preparation of a Decent Work Programme for Cambodia 2024-2028” will be based on discussions that benefit the approximately 10 million workers in Cambodia as a basis for entry into the Royal Government’s national plan.