Cambodia moves to support garment workers

The Cambodian government is launching a scheme in partnership with textile and garment factory owners to provide financial support to workers who have been laid off because of the Economic downturn.

Prime Minister Hun Sen has reportedly told the country’s Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and the Ministry of Economy and Finance to work together with factory owners on compensation for 32,000 workers laid off due to factory closures.

Ministry of Labour spokesman Heng Sour told local media that more than 70 factories had closed down in the country, leaving 32,023 workers unemployed, of whom 26,055 are female.

Workers who have been suspended from their employment contracts will receive cash support for a total of $70 per month from April 2023, during they were suspended by the factory.

This support was made in the meeting of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, chaired by Ith Samheng, Minister of Labour and Vocational Training on the morning.

Minister Ith Sam Heng stated that the meeting agreed on the scenario of implementing the intervention to provide cash to workers who have to suspend their employment contracts from April 2023 onwards, as implemented by the Ministry during the Covid-19 crisis to facilitate the living conditions of workers.

During the suspension of the contract, the Royal Government will contribute $40 and the factory sponsor $30, for a total of US $ 70 per month,” he said.