PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The United Nation’s International Labor Organization has elected Cambodia to its governing body at the 103rd session of the International Labor Conference held in Geneva last week.
Consisting of 28 government members, 14 employer representatives and 14 trade union representatives, the executive body makes decisions on the ILO’s policies, programs and budgets.
Maurizio Bussi with the ILO's office for Thailand, Cambodia and Laos said Wednesday that Cambodia was nominated by its fellow ASEAN members, which whom it will represent after being elected on June 2 to the labour organization’s governing body.
“It means they have a seat on the governing body which convenes three times a year, and makes important decisions within the ILO, not just for Cambodia. The seat contributes to global policymaking and that is what they are expected to do — all the 28 members including Cambodia,” Bussi said.
Cambodian government officials from the Ministry of Labour declined to comment on Wednesday, but state-run Agence Kampuchea Presse credits Cambodia’s appointment to ILO’s decision-making board to the country’s record on workers rights and freedom of assembly.
“This success informs the world that Cambodia has good working conditions,” Cambodian Labor Minister Ith Samheng is quoted on AKP.
This high-level appointment comes after a year of fraught labor relations in the Southeast Asian country. Cambodia’s government came under intense scrutiny after government security forces opened fire on rioting workers protesting for a higher monthly minimum wage on Jan. 3. Since then, rights groups point to the recurring detention of trade union leaders and workers as a restriction of freedom of association.
A coalition of international brands including Hennes & Mauritz AB, The Gap Inc. and Puma AG has also met with the government several times this year to raise their concerns over workers’ right to strike.
From overseeing America’s fastest-growing speciality retailers to codifying cool, WWD talked to the women who are leading the way for the future of beauty. Check out our Instagram Stories to see how these women built today and are creating tomorrow. (📸: @hannah_khymych) #wwdbeauty
For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)