Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Suspended workers get lifeline

Suspended workers get lifeline

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Factory workers leaving for lunch at Chaom Chao commune in Por Sen Chey district. Heng Chivoan

Suspended workers get lifeline

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has announced the provision of financial assistance to 6,303 workers suspended from 34 factories and enterprises in the garment sector. The suspensions were due to global economic fallout caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ministry said the Wing Specialised Bank would handle the payments and SMS messages – alerting them that the money is available for pickup – will be sent to the mobile phone of each worker.

“If you were suspended from one of the 34 factories or enterprises covered and you don’t receive the messages from Wing Bank, please contact the administrators at your factory for more information or to update your phone number with them,” the ministry notice said.

Ministry spokesperson Heng Sour said as of March, the government had provided jobless workers in the sectors of garment and tourism with $26 million in cash assistance. Each worker had received monthly support payments of $70, with $40 coming from the government and another $30 provided by employers.

Sour said that in 2020 there were 389,200 workers from 76 factories and enterprises who were suspended from work for periods of varying duration.

Cambodian Labour Confederation president Ath Thorn said the cash assistance had helped workers with their day-to-day living expenses but was not sufficient to resolve their more pressing problems such as debt or to enable them to send money to their families.

“The government should create a reserve fund or an unemployment insurance programme like other countries have that would help those who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19, but also those who lose their jobs in more ordinary circumstances.

“If the government has the funds, it should release them to help workers,” he said.

Thorn also requested the government provide full pay to workers in quarantine because a lot of them had their salaries cut or halved because it had delayed them from returning to work.


  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Phnom Penh curfew starts today

    A two-week curfew from 8pm to 5am starts today in Phnom Penh, a day after a sub-decree detailing administrative measures to contain Covid-19 was issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Travelling in Phnom Penh is temporally banned between 8pm and 5am,” said Phnom Penh governor

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • Culture ministry: Take Tuol Sleng photos down, or else

    The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has told Irish photographer Matt Loughrey to take down the photos of Khmer Rouge victims at Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum which he allegedly colourised and altered to show them smiling. The ministry said Loughrey's work is unacceptable, affecting

  • Covid-19 vaccination now obligatory

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on April 11 issued a sub-decree making Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for individuals unless they have a medical certificate proving they have pre-existing health conditions that prevent them from doing so. «This applies to all members of the armed forces and civil servants