Industrial Relations Conference: Improving Labour Dispute Resolution System – Harmonizing Industrial Relations on 27-28 February 2017
InIndustrial Relations Conference: Improving Labour Dispute Resolution System – Harmonizing Industrial Relations on 27-28 February 2017
Industrial Relations Conference: Improving Labour Dispute Resolution System – Harmonizing Industrial Relations on 27-28 February 2017

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MoLVT) and the Arbitration Council Foundation (ACF) have worked collaboratively for more than a decade in establishing strong supporting foundation and enhancing independent and effective operation of the Arbitration Council (AC). The AC has been recognized nationally and internationally for its success as Cambodia’s impartial and professional state institution responsible for labour dispute resolution. Nevertheless, challenges remain for effective nationwide mechanism for individual and collective labour disputes. As Cambodia seeks to harmonise industrial relations, National Employment Policy (NEP) 2015-2025 aims to overcome the challenges by strengthening the Arbitration Council (and Labour Advisory Committee) to be more effective in its consultation process, in line with international standards (NEP, p. 11). Consistent with this, NEP and Cambodia Industrial Development Policy (IDP) 2015-2025 respectively seeks to create a Labour Court, and address systemic resolutions of industrial disputes (IDP, 6.3, D, p. 25).

At the National Industrial Relations Conference in July 2016, MoLVT and ACF committed to enabling the AC to progress to a new stage as stipulated in the above policies. In doing so, MoLVT and ACF with the support of their many partners, industrial relations parties and stakeholders, decided to co-organize this conference.

This Conference aim for better serving the industrial parties’ needs by expanding and empowering the Arbitration Council and serve as a forum for all invited industrial relations parties and interested stakeholders (government, employers and trade union representatives, international buyers, development partners and embassies) to participate in a dialogue, speaking their mind from both national and international perspectives with regard to the present and future roles of the labour dispute resolution system and the Arbitration Council.

This conference has the following three themes: 

  • Comparative International Model – Operation of Labour Court and Arbitration Institution Perspectives of Interaction – Australia Fair Work Commission and the Federal Courts
  • Strengthening, Empowering, and Expanding the Arbitration Council Services
  • Understanding Way Forward and Possible Sources of Funds for the Arbitration Council Sustainability

 The Ministry and the Foundation strongly believe that together, we can contribute through the Conference to strengthening, empowering, and expanding (SEE program) the services of the Arbitration Council.

To learn more about the conference, you can download the conference documents from the following link:

Handbook in Khmer: download

Handbook in English: download

Welcome Remark:

  • Arbitrator Ms. CHHIV Phyrum, Chairperson Board of Director of the Arbitration Council Foundation (download)
  • Ambassador Maria SARGREN, Embassy of Sweden in Cambodia (download)
  • Ambassador William A. HEIDT, U.S. Embassy in Cambodia (download)
  • H.E. Mam Vannak, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (download)

PANEL DISCUSSION 1: Comparative International Model- Operation of Labour Court and Arbitration Institution Perspectives of Interaction - Australian Fair Work Commission and the Federal Courts

 Keynote Speaker: The Hon G M Giudice AO– former President, Fair Work Commission, and Judge of the Federal Court of Australia (download)

Speaker from the Employer Perspective: Mr. Graeme SMITH,Global Head, Employment Group Herbert Smith Freehills (ret), awarded ‘Australian Lawyer of the Year 2011 (download)

Speaker from the Worker Perspective: Mr. Josh BORNSTEIN, Principal and National Head of Employment Law, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, awarded ‘Preeminent Employment Lawyer’2016 (download)

PANEL DISCUSSION 3: Understanding the Way Forward and Possible Sources of Funds for the Arbitration Council Sustainability

Speaker: Mr. Hans HWANG, Senior Director, Sok Xing & Hwang, Cost and benefit of the Arbitration Council and what support parties should contribute to the sustainability plan. (download)