Author: green-net

Real Estate agent: Female workers should be given value

Even himself working in the construction business, when raised up the problem of unequal pays between female and male construction workers, Sophon knew right away where to put his stand. Seeing the positive growth of construction projects in Cambodia Sophon can feel the difficulty of having women involved in the big game. “We can see the involvement from women is still limited. Especially for construction workers that mainly need a male, for female we only need them for cleaning and other basic light labour” he said. Some foreign projects even bring their own workers to build the buildings, he added, which also in a way affect the growth of the female construction workers. “Women are our second steps, the first step is to have male workers to work. And the pay, therefore, is not possible to get higher unless they do another job besides labour work” he said. In Olympia City project Sophone added, women workers usually are arranged to do different labour than male workers. Otherwise, they can work at the storage to help …

Young construction workers: We are forced to do this job

It is hard to convince anyone that due to the influence of her family, Vuth Navy, 18 years old, and her friend Chhin Srey Lin have had to drop out of school and work in construction since the age of 15. Although her current work is better than the previous one, as the site managers do not use rough language to scold Navy when she makes a mistake, this job is still not what she wanted to do. After the site manager left the interview scene, I told both girls they could tell me everything. My main purpose was to know about their lives as construction workers. They started to laugh. In the absence of the site manager, the two girls really started to tell me their true feelings, and both were very unhappy. “This job really is hard. And in my previous workplace, the manager was always blaming me for not being careful. This workplace is a bit easier, at least compared to the previous one. But still I don’t want to do this …

CARE: 2000 female workers receive trainings

After CARE research released in 2016, a series of actions have been done in order to help Cambodia women construction workers reach awareness of their equal rights. Ms. Kalyan project manager of CARE said they are now working on a project to raise awareness of women workers and address the assumptions of their abilities so that female construction worker in Cambodia can have safe workplaces and increased opportunity. “We have been working with employers to help them recognize the benefit of providing opportunities for their female employees and how this can help them ensure they have a productive, stable, happy workforce, about, ” she said. Ms. Kalyan added CARE also collaborates closely with the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training so that issues like safety for female construction workers are addressed. So far they have trained around 40 female construction workers, and let them train their peers at their worksites and other sites who are partners. And through such method, they have trained around 2000 workers. They usually gather and safety projection, financial management, and …

Architect: Cambodian Construction Sector Is Male Dominant

Architect Sok Muygech thinks construction projects have increased significantly in recent years. There are many shop-houses, offices, and apartments have been built to supply to local residents. This has also increased the number of females joining the construction sector compared to many years ago. Although his company does design and building, they do not have their own construction workers so they would outsource that work to sub-contractors. Compared to foreign workers, Cambodian workers tend to stay in the lower range among people in the industry. “In the construction sector, Vietnamese workers have a better reputation compared to Cambodian workers. They are often known to be more skilled and more productive than Cambodians and therefore get paid more,” she said. Muygech observes that the payment for construction workers is not so secure compared to that of garment workers, given their guarantee of the minimum wage. At least, by the end of the month, garment workers know how much money they have earned to pay the rent. Construction workers mostly work at a daily rate. Not only …

Worker Activist: We Want Our Voices To Be Heard

39-year-old Chok Yoeurn has worked on construction sites for 5 years. She is always concerned about safety at the site. Even though she’s never had accidents herself, she always fears she will. The new construction site she’s working on now does not provide safety equipment even she keeps asking for it. Yoeurn wonders why, she gets paid less than men, even though she does the same work as they do. “I asked the site manager and he said women would never be the same as men,” she said. She joined the labour union BWTUC through a recommendation from her colleague who received help after an accident. From there she learnt a lot about safety protection and basic workers’ rights and has been a member of the union since 2014. Yoeurn also was one of the workers The Green Net team interviewed in 2015. For her, it was an experience that made her realize her value. “As a labourer, it was a great honour to talk about my rights. At first, I felt that, as a …

Soun Srey Ya

An outgoing woman, Soun Srey Ya, age 38, has been involved in construction work for about 10 years. She also experienced a few other jobs before working in construction, which included jobs as a morning-glory seller and as a garment worker. She quit the garment factory because of internal problems at the factory. After quitting, her neighbor asked if she wanted to work in the construction sector. Following her neighbor, Srey Ya started off at the 42 Tower construction site, receiving only US$3.50 a day. She’s been employed at the Aeon 2 construction site and Pong Peay City where her wage was doubled. Her job is tying rebar. Like other advocates, Srey Ya also raised her concerns about inequalities at work, for instance, getting lower wages than male counterparts. She demanded her basic right. She accepts calmly the nature of both genders and that men have more physical strength. ​ But she believes that what men can do, women can do too if they are taught. When asked if she has had any injuries, she …

Theourn Sophea

Theourn Sophea, a 25-year-old construction worker whose hometown is in Kandal province, has been working in this booming sector since she was 20 years old. Formerly a garment worker, Sophea quit the factory job and followed her husband to work at the construction site so that she could have time to look after her kids. Besides, she often fainted while working in the factory. When asked to compare the difficulty between the garment job and construction work, she said, “Both are the same. But the garment job is stricter – sometimes workers are forced to work overtime, while there is more freedom in construction work; however, the pay is very little.” Getting 17,000 Khmer Riel per day, Sophea’s job is to mix limestone, carry tiles and the mixed limestone. She sometimes assists three skilled construction workers at a time. Sophea tries to be cautious and careful, as much as she can, yet sometimes she has dropped tiles she was carrying on her own feet. Despite having five years experience in this sector, she still cannot …

Ros Theavy

A Neak Leoung residence, Ros Theavy, age 34, came to try out her luck in the capital in 2009. She first landed a job as a construction worker at a Diamond Island construction site. A former seller near the Neak Leoung ferry station, she says construction work is much more tiring and tougher than her previous occupation, however, she adds that it can help solve living problems. Theavy has just changed her workplace from Diamond Island to Borey Chamkarmon as the later provides better wages and working conditions. While working on Diamond Island, Theavy received 18,000 riels – 4,000 riels lower than her current workplace. Her duties are mixing and carrying limestone and sometimes cleaning as instructed by a foreman. We all have bad and good days; and life for this advocate is no different. Sometimes she faces challenges at work when she is assigned to mix five to six sacks of limestone, and on some days that can be seven to eight sacks. What’s more when she comes home, she does all the household …