Labor leaders say the draft law to regulate unions is not meant to help workers at all, but will instead prevent fair wages and proper conditions in factories.
Labor Ministry officials said Friday that a draft law, which could be wrapped up soon, will help support union organization.
The Middle Eastern country is to host the World Cup in 2022, opening a potential labor opportunity for Cambodian workers.
Union leaders say their workers need at least $177 per month in order to keep up with the rising cost of living, in an industry that employs some 600,000 people.
The company has returned about $400 each to nearly 50 workers, according to the rights group Adhoc.
A delegation from Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce was in the US this week, seeking greater trade ties and deals with large corporations.
US President Barack Obama is working toward a Trans-pacific Partnership with many other countries, but economists say Cambodia should first focus closer to home.
In Siem Reap, the number increased slightly, from 2.23 million in 2013 to 2.35 million in 2014.
The growth is due to government policies to promote local products and an effort to match neighboring Vietnam’s success with coffee.
Cambodia has a young population: about 60 percent are under the age of 30. Each year, an estimated 250,000 people are in need of a job.
Spanish outspoken environmentalist Alex Gonzalez has expressed his hope that some of those who visit Areng Valley will become activists to protect Cambodia’s remaining natural resources.
The three-day event ran last week, from Tuesday to Thursday, and included a concert, traditional Cambodian games, art shows, product fairs and dances.