PM to visit factories where workers faint

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Mr Hun Sen will visit factories unannounced. Supplied

Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to visit factories where large numbers of staff faint to inspect working conditions.

Addressing 4,000 garment workers, factory managers and union representatives at a meeting in Koh Pich on Sunday, Mr Hun Sen said he wanted to see for himself what it was like on the factory floor.

He also said he would carry out a number of unannounced visits to factories to see the reality of working conditions.

Mr Hun Sen told factory owners to pay attention to workers’ health by treating their well-being as the health of the business.

“I want to appeal to all factory owners to allow pregnant workers to leave work 15 minutes early in order to help them travel more easily and improve their health,” he said.

Late last month at a meeting with thousands of workers at Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone, Mr Hun Sen said pregnant workers would get 120 percent of the minimum wage for three months of maternity leave.

According to the National Social Security Fund, the number of garment workers who fainted in the first half of the year rose by 39 percent, or 117 workers, compared with the same period last year.

Mr Hun Sen recently ordered officials to set up health centres next to factories and areas where workers live to improve treatment when they are sick or faint.

He also promised to raise the minimum wage from $153 to $168 per month in 2018, but the Cambodian Labour Confederation says workers need $224 to survive.

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