Cambodia urged to rethink scrapping of bonus pay for night workers

Cambodia’s move to scrap some employee bonus and holiday entitlements is likely to hurt the poorest workers already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, labour rights groups and unions warned on Thursday.

Higher rates of pay for night shift workers and the moving of public holidays that fall on weekends to weekdays – which is currently mandatory – will be abolished by changes to the labour law drafted by the government last month.

“The working class rely on these benefits to survive,” said Ou Tepphallin, head of trade union the Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation.

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