Promised Pay for Suspended Garment Workers Reduced, New Year Postponed

Prime Minister Hun Sen said garment workers who are suspended due to Covid-19 disruptions would receive an even smaller partial salary than he originally announced, while also postponing the Khmer New Year holiday and claiming that the “safest place” amid the pandemic was at work.

In a press conference in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, Hun Sen said suspended garment workers would receive a total of $70, or about 37 percent of the monthly minimum wage for workers in the sector. The government would provide $40 while factories would offer $30, he said.

The notice came after the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia said last week that factories that suspended operations and had their cash flow severed by buyers would be unable to pay workers 40 percent of the minimum wage, as proposed by the premier in February.

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