The Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School recently released a report titled “How Widespread Use of Fixed-Duration Contracts Threatens Cambodian Workers and the Cambodian Garment Industry.” According to the report, the increased use of fixed-duration contracts (FDCs) in Cambodia:
- results in increased worker insecurity;
- threatens the enforcement of workers’ rights under domestic and international law;
- presents obstacles to increased labor productivity;
- jeopardizes Cambodia’s reputation as a country committed to improving conditions for workers; and
- increases the threat of a major breakdown of industrial relations and creates a potential provocation for massive strikes.
According to FLA Board member Jim Silk, who directs the Lowenstein Clinic: “The Cambodian government has been considering amending the Labor Law to ease restrictions on fixed-duration contracts. The country’s apparel industry is already facing heightened international scrutiny because of the mass firings of workers who participated in a strike last year over low wages. One of the main competitive advantages of the Cambodian garment industry is its reputation for progress on protecting workers’ rights, so it is important to understand the human rights consequences of using FDCs and the impact that permitting their expansion could have on Cambodia’s competitiveness.” Read more at law.yale.edu. Read the rest of this entry »