Cambodia has at least 62 unions that represent many of the nation’s 300,000 factory laborers.
Opponents say the dam could be damaging to the ecology of the river and the livelihoods of the people who rely on it.
Recruitment firms have sprung up across the country in the past year, convincing young women to take jobs as domestic help in Malaysia.
Cambodian officials say they expect to begin initiating a 2009 law in April to bring the country in line with international standards.
During a visit to Cambodia, last November, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said officials would revisit the debt question.
Japan has been one of Cambodia’s largest donors, giving nearly $2 billion in aid packages since 1992.
A coalition of factory unions met Tuesday over the draft law, currently under consideration at the Ministry of Labor.
Between 1992 and 2009, Japan was Cambodia’s single largest donor country, providing more than 18 percent of overseas development aid.
Cambodian women face a wide range of obstacles in their educational development.
Seven Phnom Penh officials led by Deputy Governor Noun Someth sat with 35 lake residents to discuss options.
If charged and found guilty, they will face a one-year prison term, following a complaint by Quick Sew, a factory in Phnom Penh.
The families say a buyout offer of $8,500 is too low and they do not want to move to an inferior relocation site.