Workers Protest Suspension Without Pay, Lenders Quiet on Loan Deferrals

Workers at a Kampong Speu shoe factory protested on Thursday, accusing the owner of suspending them from work without agreeing to pay partial salaries as companies would be required to according to Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Meanwhile, financial institutions have been quiet about if and how they will offer any form of debt relief to borrowers left with diminished salaries due to Covid-19-related work suspensions, after the premier suggested measures to ease the burden on borrowers earlier this month.

Yu Ravy, a protesting Jacka Shoes factory worker, told VOD that about 200 laborers rallied after their jobs were suspended without compensation, even though the government has said workers should receive 60 percent of their base pay if they are suspended due to the novel coronavirus-linked economic slowdown.

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