experiences a construction boom, construction workers and other laborers should
know they have rights to leave, medical treatment and other basic rights, two
officials said Thursday.
labor sector has a robust union tradition, with workers able to collectivize
against perceived unfairness, many laborers desperate for work, earning about
$5 a day, may overlook their basic rights.
Cambodian law places the responsibility for workers' safety on
companies that hire them.
“The companies have to pay workers in accordance with the
law,” said Tun Sophorn, Cambodia
coordinator for the International Labor Organization, as a guest on “Hello
Yi Kanitha, deputy director of the occupational health
department at the Ministry of Labor, agreed.
When workers are hurt, “we go and investigate the
seriousness of the accidents, what the cause is, and then we evaluate before
making a decision on how much the company has to pay,” he said, also as a guest
on “Hello VOA.”
Workers should call on the office of occupational health in
every province or the capital if they need help, he said.