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Name: Memorandum of Understanding between Cambodia and Thailand on cooperation in the employment of workers.
Country: Thailand, Cambodia
Subject(s): Migrant workers; Other international agreements
Type of legislation: International agreement
Adopted on: 2003-05-31
Entry into force:
ISN: INT-2003-IA-93356
Bibliography: Legislation on-line Legislation on-line United Nations Inter-Agency Project (UNIAP) on Human Trafficking, PDF of MoU in English PDF of MoU in English (consulted on 2013-06-14)
Abstract/Citation: The Governments of Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to take all necessary measures to ensure the following:
1. Proper procedures for the employment of workers
2. Effective repatriation of workers, who have completed terms and conditions of employment or are deported by relevant authorities of the other party before completion of the terms and conditions of their employment to their permanent address;
3. Due protection of workers to ensure that there is no loss of the rights and protection of workers and that they receive the rights that they are entitled to;
4. Protection of, and effective action against, illegal border crossings, trafficking of illegal workers and illegal employment of workers.

The MoU then sets out the competent authorities that are to implement the MoU, i.e. the Minister of Social Affairs, Labor, Vocational Training and Youth Rehabilitation of Cambodia and the Minister of Labor of Thailand. The text provides that the parties will ensure that "workers enjoy protection in accordance with the provisions in domestic laws" (article 17) and that "workers of both parties are entitled to wage and other benefits due for local workers based on the principles of non-discrimination and equality of sex, race and religion" (article 18). Furthermore, "any dispute between workers and employers relating to employment shall be settled by the authorized agency according to the laws and regulations in the employing country" (article 19).

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