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Advocacy group launched to improve labor conditions for Cambodian migrant workers in RoK

Khmer Times, Cambodia, 16 December 2021 - In December last year, a Cambodian migrant worker in her 30s was found dead inside a greenhouse that was being used as accommodation for foreign workers at a farm in Pocheon, Gyeonggi Province. The death shed light on the poor working and housing conditions of migrant workers here.

A year has passed, but foreign employees in the agricultural sector still face long working hours despite government measures to improve labor conditions.

To protect their rights, the South Gyeongsang Province Branch of the Korea Metal Workers’ Union (KMWU) and 10 human rights organizations launched the “119 for Cambodian migrant workers” project in September. The KMWU branch joined the project as part of its commitment to solidarity with migrant workers.

The initiative is aimed at providing nationwide administrative, legal and educational support for Cambodian migrant workers who face difficulties in reporting unfair labor practices.

There are over 180,000 migrant workers in Korea, and Cambodians form the largest group in the agricultural sector, according to Kim Yi-chan, the head of People of Earth Station, a human rights organization supporting migrant workers that also provides counseling for the project.

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Source: https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50989536/advocacy-group-launched-to-improve-labor-conditions-for-cambodian-migrant-workers-in-rok/

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