Domestic Work in Cambodia
What does the national law say about domestic workers? What are their rights?
Domestic workers are not covered in the national Labor Law, except on two points.
First, forced labor is absolutely forbidden. Forced labour is any work or services which people are forced to do against their will under the threat of some form of punishment. Hiring of people for work to pay off debts is also considered forced labor under the law and is forbidden.
Second, the Cambodian law states that the minimum age of employment (for full time work in non-hazardous sectors) is 15 years old. Below this age, children from 12-15 years of age are allowed to perform ‘light work’ that will not affect their attendance at school. However, children cannot perform any form of work that is considered “hazardous” under 18 years of age.
What is the salary of domestic workers?
Most domestic workers live and eat within the household where they work. The market wage for domestic workers, excluding accommodations and meals, is about USD 50 per month in 2012, according to interviews with domestic workers and homeowners. The wages of domestic workers have increased over the past few years because of increasing job opportunities in the garment, tourism and other related sectors.
Where can the domestic worker complain if there is under payment or any other problem?
Labor Inspector at the Ministry of Labor
St. Confederation De La Russie (St.110),
Sangkat Toek Laak II,
Khan Toul Kork, Phnom Penh
Mobile Phone: 011 873 787
Non-governmental organization that provides legal assistance (legal consultation, representation and defense) for domestic workers and rescuing.
Community Legal Education Center (CLEC)
No. 237, St. 68, Group 16, 12401, Phnom Penh
Tel 023 215 590.
Tel & Fax 023 211 723
Mobile Phone 012 811 860 or 012 936 987
Trade union that provides representation for workers
Cambodia Labor Confederation (CLC)
No. 2-3G, St. 26BT, 12351, Phnom Penh
Mobile Phone 012 998 906 and 012 709 509