Angkor restorers get collective bargaining agreement

Restoration workers in Cambodia sign their first-ever collective bargaining agreement with the World Monuments Fund.

Angkor restorers ink first bargaining pact
Phnom Penh Post, 31 Aug 2012

Under the shade of Angkor’s canopies and twisted Banyan trees, more than 100 restoration workers watched yesterday afternoon as union delegates signed their first collective bargaining agreement, in what union advocates say should set a precedent for Cambodia’s construction industry.

Over the past two years, the workers had campaigned for insurance that would cover injury and illness, union rights, wages and other benefits.

Dave Welsh, country director of the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, said the workers had formed the independent Angkor Preservation Workers Union in 2010 and had waited a long time to collectively bargain with employer the World Monuments Fund.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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