Cambodia’s tourism industry is booming year on year offering an increasing number of job opportunities for many young Cambodians. However, in reality, many working in the hospitality industry, such as in karaoke parlours, hotels or restaurants, are extremely vulnerable, and often find their basic labour rights are abused. Restaurant workers, for instance, often face harassment from customers, are refused time off work, and are pressured to have an abortion if they become pregnant.
Workers Sabay – “happy workers” in Khmer- is a certification awarded to hospitality businesses that offer fair working conditions to their employees in compliance with Cambodian Labour Law.
These businesses include a range of restaurants, bars, hotels and spas in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.