Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PM reiterates vow to ensure workplace safety, health

PM reiterates vow to ensure workplace safety, health

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Prime Minister Hun Sen has reiterated his commitment to ensuring workplace safety and health in all factories, enterprises and in the informal economy. Hong Menea

PM reiterates vow to ensure workplace safety, health

Prime Minister Hun Sen on April 29 reiterated his commitment to ensuring workplace safety and health in all factories, enterprises and in the informal economy, even as the Kingdom grapples with controlling the spread of Covid-19.

In a message released two days ahead of the 135th International Labour Day on May 1, Hun Sen expressed delight at the chance to celebrate with workers, employers and other compatriots this year’s edition of the holiday, under the theme “Peace, Health and Labour".

"Despite the difficult situation due to Covid-19, the government continues to strive to maintain existing jobs and create all kinds of new positions for the people, bringing the impact on employment under controllable levels,” he said.

For example, 103 factories and enterprises opened last year, providing over 60,000 additional jobs.

And the number of suspended contracts in factories and enterprises fell to 20,000 at 150 locations in end-2020 from a peak in June of over 150,000 at 433 locations, and remains in a gradual downtrend.

Hun Sen stressed that the government has introduced a slew of measures to keep crucial economic sectors afloat – including textiles, garments, footwear, bags, travel goods and tourism – amid the socio-economic fallout spurred by the Covid-19 crisis, and exacerbated by the February 20 community transmission.

He said the government would continue to provide $40 per month for each suspended worker employed in the textile, garment, footwear, travel goods and bags sectors at least until June.

At the same time, employers in these sectors have to pay an additional $30 for each suspended worker, amounting to $70 per month in benefit.

The government also extended its $40 payments to suspended employees in tourism-related businesses, including hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and travel agencies for an additional three months to June.

Hun Sen said the government extended the exemptions for all types of monthly taxes on these businesses for another three months to June to offset some of the economic damage being wrought by Covid-19.

But they must be registered with the General Department of Taxation to be eligible, he said.

Moreover, the government will extend a cash relief programme for poor and vulnerable households for another three months.

The government will continue to advise ministries, public institutions and private owners of commercial lease properties to refrain from terminating contracts with or evicting tenants that are unable to make timely rent payments.

The prime minister reiterated a call on workers and owners of factories and enterprises to voluntarily take part in the Covid-19 vaccination campaign and adhere to the “three protections and three don’ts” guidelines as directed by the ministries of Health, and Labour and Vocational Training.

He noted that Cambodia has observed International Labour Day every year since its liberation from the Khmer Rouge’s genocidal regime on January 7, 1979.

Even with the world in the grips of Covid-19, the Cambodian government will organise activities to commemorate this historically significant day.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,

  • 11th Chaktomuk Short Film Festival draws to close

    Cambodia's 11th Chaktomuk Short Film Festival wrapped up successfully on November 28 after a four-day run, with the film “Voice of the Night” awarded top prize for 2022. Sum Sithen, the organiser of the short film festival, told The Post that the number of attendees to the