Social dialogue is key to addressing these challenges and building trust and mutual respect between employers and workers, with state actors and brands as enabling facilitators. As one core aspect of it, collective bargaining will eventually lead to stable and productive labour relations, improvement of wages and working conditions. During recent years Cambodian actors increasingly engaged in social dialogue and have important experiences and issues to share with others in the region.
Against the context, the Round Table on Sustainable Production in the Textile and Garment Sector in Asia took place in Phnom Penh on 24 October, brings together public and private stakeholders from Cambodia as well as from the industry of other Asian countries and from the international buyers’ side for two purposes: First, to reflect on the increasing relevance of social dialogue for further development and progress of the sector and second, to learn from practical experiences on specific aspects of this constituent element of international labour law. Case examples will include dialogue formats at factory level, and pilot approaches to sectoral collective bargaining and social dialogue from Cambodia and the region.