Garment Industry, Union Seek Help as Exports Slide Amid Covid-19

With sinking exports and suspended production lines, the garment industry and a labor union continued appeals for help from the government and others this week, respectively renewing calls for a delayed partial withdrawal of trade benefits and quicker processing of worker payouts.

The garment sector, Cambodia’s largest employer, has lost more than 150,000 jobs, or about 15 percent of the industry’s labor force, and faced some 400 factory suspensions, “with scores more factories and tens of thousands of additional workers at imminent risk,” the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) said this week.

The Labor Ministry said on Thursday that it was processing worker suspension payments for 30,189 workers from nearly 100 factories and tourism enterprises. According to a ministry notice, the government has distributed payments to out-of-work workers 12 times since May.

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