Pregnant labourers in both the formal and informal sectors will receive new bonuses from the government when they deliver their babies, Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday.
Speaking in front of more than 10,000 textile factory workers at Canadia Industrial Park, Mr Hun Sen said the bonuses will begin in January 2018.
Mothers who give birth to one child will receive $100, while mothers of twins will receive $200 and triplet mothers will get $300.
“We will give cash to them when they deliver their babies, even if their babies die,” he said. “The government will pay them through the National Social Security Fund.”
Mr Hun Sen said the state must prepare to pay at least $10 million per year, because there were 1.2 million garment workers, of which 900,000 are female with a pregnancy rate of 2.7 per cent.
Mr Hun Sen this meant about 24,000 garment workers had babies each year.
Kaing Monika, deputy secretary-general of the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia, welcomed the news, noting that the NSSF had reserve funds that must be spent wisely.
“If we look at the policy, the provision of additional benefits to workers by the NSSF makes complete sense because after nearly 10 years of operation, the reserve funds of the NSSF are getting bigger and bigger, leaving the government with two options,” he said.
“First option, the government can provide more benefits for workers, or second, the government could reduce the contribution rate paid to the NSSF.”
Bo Sakhean, a pregnant worker at the New Orient (Cambodia) Garment factory, said her baby was due in February. “I am so happy to hear this news because I will have more money to care for my baby,” she said.