“Cambodia Industrial Relations: Maturity and Commitment to Growth”

The Arbitration Council (AC) and the Arbitration Council Foundation (ACF), in cooperation with Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MLVT) held the 7th National Industrial Relations Conference (NIRC) with the theme “Cambodia Industrial Relations: Maturity and Commitment to Growth” on the 5 July 2016 at Raffles - Hotel Le Royal.

NIRC is a national forum for key employment, and labour relations stakeholders and partners to engage in social dialogue for improved industrial relations in Cambodia and thereby contribute to broader economic growth and social development. It is a unique opportunity for the tripartite stakeholders and others to directly interact with each other on current matters of common interest.

The NIRC targeted 3 main topics for the panel discussions including: Maturity of Cambodian Industrial Relations, Maturing Industrial Relations: Role and Evolution of Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) in Cambodia—A Good Practice of Bargaining and More Effective Workplace Mechanisms were presented to participants by the expert speakers.

The conference was opened with remarks by Ms. Chhiv Phyrum - Arbitrator and Chairperson of the ACF Board of Directors, Ms. Julie Chung - Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S Embassy in Cambodia, Ambassador Anna Maj Hultgard - Embassy of Sweden and His Excellency Ith Sam Heng, Minister of MLVT.


In his opening remarks, H.E. Ith Sam Heng complimented the AC, ACF and international donors for their efforts in organizing the NIRC. H.E. stated that the conference is an extremely important forum to discuss the development of industrial relations in Cambodia recently. H.E. further stated that industrial relations is a burning-issue and that  the Cambodian government should ensure the sustainability of the textile, garment and footwear sectors with a focus on  business and investment in Cambodia.

“I hope this conference will foster more dialogue among trade unions, employers, employees, government officials and civil society members. Such communication can help improve working conditions and make Cambodia’s garment and footwear industry even more competitive in the region”, said Ms. Julie Chung, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to Cambodia.       

This conference was attended by approximately 200 interested stakeholders including  key  representatives from the government, employers and trade unions but also students, private lawyers and advocates, international buyers, development partners and embassies seeking to better understand  the overall development, progress and relative maturity of industrial relations in Cambodia.

The conference was made possible through the generous support of donors to  AC/F from TDSP, SIDA, USAID, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT, Australia), GAP Inc., Levi Strauss Foundation and MLVT.