14 March 2016

This Year: World Day for Safety and Health at Work

14 March 2016
By Chea Sophal

Phnom Penh:  Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MoLVT) and ILO/Better Factories Cambodia often took part in the World Day for Safety and Health at Work.  This year theme for OSH Day is " Workplace Stress:  a collective challenge".

ILO Safe Work highlights that workers experience tough pressure to cope with the demands of present-day working life in which there are many risks such as tough competition, higher expectation on performance and long working hours.  These risks are contributing to the workplace becoming to a stressful environment.  Nearly in every single workshop in Cambodia I attended, I often heard about the discussion and comparison of productivity level of Cambodian workers compared to the other country.  Work-life balance is becoming more difficult to draw since the world of work need instant communications and faced higher levels of global competition.

Workplace is one of the sources causing psychosocial risks and at the same time is a venue to address those risks in order to protect the health and well-being of workers.

Below are some key messages on World Day for Safety and Health at Work over the past years.
Banner posted in 2011 in Kampong Cham Province: World Day for Safety and Health at Work

26 February 2016

Worker road deaths spike in '15

The Phnom Penh Post
In 2015, 130 workers were killed on Cambodia's roads, compared with 73 in 2014. Injuries, meanwhile, rose to 7,227 in 2015, up from 4,664 the year before. The total number of accidents increased to 6,491 from 3,800. NSSF director Ouk Sam Vichea blamed ...

Factory workers weary of the Arbitration Council

Myanmar Times
Factory workers have had enough of the arbitration council, the nascent, quasi-judicial body established to resolve labour disputes through mediation. Workers from the ... Arbitrators from Australia and Cambodia provided best-case examples. “The ...

05 February 2016

Better Factories Cambodia Gets New Lease on Life

Wall Street Journal (blog)
18, the U.N.'s International Labour Organization signed a memorandum of understanding with the Cambodian government and the local garment factory association that enables the high-profile U.N. program, Better Factories Cambodia, to continue operating ...