ILO Better Factories Cambodia Hosts Seventh Radio Competition on Labour Law

Three workers from different factories in Cambodia will compete to become the champion of ILO Better Factories Cambodia's seventh radio competition on the labour law this afternoon, said an ILO's press release AKP received yesterday.

This final contest will begin this Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 at Vayo FM 105.5 MHz from 4:00 to 5:00 PM, it added.

According to the press release, the competition is designed to allow all current and former garment and footwear workers to demonstrate their knowledge of and experience with Cambodia's labour law. The competition is also a great way to spark interest of workers to better understand the Cambodian labour law.

Following nine weeks of contests, Ms. Thaing Laing Y from 8 Star Sport, Mr. Pheng Keo from Roo Shing Garment and Mr. Pot Serey Kunthea from Good People have reached to the final competition.

After reaching to the final round, worker Thaing Laing Y said that before she participated in the radio competition, she knew very little about Cambodia's labour law, but now she has learnt a lot, especially on workers' rights and responsibilities at the workplace. The other workers, Pheng Keo and Pot Serey Kunthea, pointed out that, thanks to their participation in the competition, they now understand how their wages are calculated and what discrimination at workplace is. All of them will do their best for the final round this week.

Providing an opportunity to workers to learn about Cambodia's Labour Law will help them to gain confidence and voice on worker's rights and responsibility and allow them to contribute to good workplace cooperation and better relations between workers and management, said BFC's Programme Manager, Ms. Esther Germans.

"The aim of the competition is not only to provide a platform for the selected applicants to challenge one another about the Cambodian Labour Law, but also to disseminate the information to listeners, especially garment workers," she added.

This year, 279 workers have applied to join the contest, and 18 candidates were selected to compete with one another in front of a jury panel during live broadcasts on Radio Vayo FM 105.5MHz. The jury consisted of representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, the Arbitration Council and the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Upon completion, the first place winner will be awarded US$$300, and an LCD TV, the runner up will receive US$250 and a bicycle, and the third place winner will obtain US$200, and a mobile phone. Each winner will also receive a certificate of recognition from ILO-Better Factories Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press