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Government delivering on its promise to female garment workers

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Caption: Pregnant garment workers met with Prime Minister Hun Sen last month. KT/Ven Rathavong

For the first four months and one day of 2018, the Cambodian government has doled out nearly $1.8 million to nearly 18,000 female garment workers who have given birth.

According to a National Social Security Fund report which Khmer Times obtained today, 17,988 female workers delivered babies from January through May 1.

It said there were a total of 18,108 babies, with 118 women having twins and one having triplets.

“In January, 3,881 female workers delivered 3,913 babies; in February, 4,430 female workers delivered 4,453 babies; in March, 4,822 female workers gave birth to 4,851 babies; in April, 4,690 female workers delivered 4,724 babies and on 1 May, 165 female workers gave birth to 167 babies,” it said.

The report added that so far this year, the government has paid more than 7.243 billion riel, or nearly $1.8 million, to those female garment workers who gave birth.

Speaking to thousands of garment workers in September, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that the government would provide a bonus of $100 per worker who delivered one baby, while mothers of twins would receive $200 and mothers of triplets would get $300 and five million riel, or about $1,250, from his and his wife’s pocket.

The government is prepared to pay at least $10 million per year to female workers who bear children. Cambodia’s garment industry employs about 700,000 workers, most of whom are women.

Full story on Wednesday’s paper

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