Cambodian garment manufacturers and labour unions met the Labour Ministry officials recently to discuss the steps that need to be taken to minimise short-term work contracts in the industry.
The Cambodian Premier, Hun Sen, had last month urged all the garment manufacturers to minimise using work contracts of short duration as it was affecting the health of garment workers. The officials are now planning to work on contracts that have fixed period.
The Prime Minister said that if the work contracts are short, the workers feel insecure and unwell whereas having long contracts for a job of less duration also sounds impractical.
Therefore, Sen urged both the employers and workers to understand and discuss the needs of each other.
The draft version of the new fixed-duration contract clearly states that the start and finish dates for the workers should be written clearly.
If the employers discontinue the signed contract before two years, they will have to compensate the worker by paying him termination allowance.
In addition to providing benefits to pregnant women workers, the workers can also file complaints in case the contract is terminated abruptly.
The President of Cambodian Labour Confederation, Ath Thorn, said that since no consensus was reached on some issues, there will be more discussion at the next meeting.