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

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro

  • Nestle’s debut may spur dairy market

    Leading confectionery manufacturer Nestle plans to invest in Cambodia by setting up an operation in the near future, a move majorly hailed by local dairy farmers as a means of boosting the fresh milk market in the Kingdom. During a visit by a delegation led

  • ACLEDA, WU to enable global money transfers

    Cambodia's largest commercial bank by total assets ACLEDA Bank Plc and global money transfer firm Western Union (WU) have partnered to offer customers cross-border money transfers to 200 countries via “ACLEDA mobile” app. In Channy, president and group managing director of ACLEDA, said the June 22 agreement