The Cambodian Federation of Employers and Business Associations (CAMFEBA) is calling on the International Labour Organization (ILO) to retract claims that the right to strike is “fundamental”.

The row follows a series of strikes by garment workers in the country over the proposed raising of the minimum wage, culminating in violent clashes which left four protestors dead and dozens injured in early January.

In a letter to the ILO, CAMFEBA vice president Sandra d’Amico hit out at newspaper reports in which the ILO appeared to assert that workers had a “fundamental right” to take strike action.

Asserting that there was “absolutely no consensus” regarding the right to strike, d’Amico described the developments as “very concerning”.

“Employers again feel undermined and continue to feel isolated and ‘up against’ the ILO, as opposed to working with the ILO as a tripartite organisation helping us to achieve industrial harmony and constructive social dialogue,” she wrote.

D’Amico called on the ILO to issue a statement clarifying its position and retracting the views expressed by the organisation in local newspaper reports in Cambodia.