Camboya - Labour relations undermined by corruption (2012)

Branch union representatives are occasionally offered large sums of money to join the ranks of a yellow union during labour disputes, as seen during the Cambrew strike (see violations section). In some instances, when workers whose union rights have been violated receive a favourable ruling from the Arbitration Council, such as reinstatement following an unfair dismissal, they are offered money to renounce these rights. Huey Chen is one of the companies that deployed this tactic in 2011 (see violations section).

Several sources report that regular and non-official payments are made by Ministry representatives to the leaders of yellow unions or unions close to the government. Although it is difficult to independently verify this information, these alleged payments may go some way towards explaining the proliferation in the number of trade union federations in Cambodia, which is weakening the quality of worker representation.

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