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Date(s) - Oct.20
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Speaker: Mr. SOK Lor

Position: Graduate Student, LL.M. (Master of Laws) Candidate; Executive Director of the Arbitration Council Foundation

Study Program & University: Graduate Program of Harvard Law School, Harvard University

Topic: “An ongoing quest for the right balance: improving the stability of labor relations between employers and trade unions for Cambodia’s inclusive growth”

Date & Time: Monday, 20 October 2014, at 8:30 p.m. (Time in Cambodia)


As a strategy for poverty reduction and growth promotion, Cambodia relentlessly seeks to encourage private capital to invest, particularly by attracting foreign capital into the country. Among other conditions, foreign investors have been attracted to invest in the country for its abundant comparatively low-cost labor, especially evident in the apparel and footwear industry that creates jobs for around 600,000 people.

As a side effect, the issue of unstable labor relations between trade unions and employers, driven by unsettled discussion on minimum wage in the garment industry, violation of labor standards, and illegal strikes has not only undermined the garment industry but also extends its resonating effects on other industries. When the common goal of poverty reduction and growth is compromised as a consequence, a question to be asked is what would be the right balance to strike in order to help stabilize labor relations in the country. Part of the focus of this interview will be on the importance of the Arbitration Council’s role in helping trade unions and employers to resolve their labor disputes.