Male workers should be permitted to take leave when their wives give birth, PM says

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Prime Minister gathering with 20,000 workers from 32 factories on Thursday morning at the Interior Automobile Industry Complex in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet city. PM's FB

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday advised Labour Ministry to consider permitting male garment workers to take leave when their wives give birth.

Speaking to nearly 20,000 workers from 32 factories on Thursday morning at the Interior Automobile Industry Complex in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet city, Mr Hun Sen said “I could not think deeply is that we allow female workers to take maternity leave for three months and receive 120 percent of wage, but another thing is that their husbands have to take care of them. Of course, they must visit their wives and take care of them,” Mr Hun Sen said.

“They can keep work away, but they cannot abandon their wives and babies,” he said “So, should we set up a policy for female workers’ husbands to take 3 days or a week off and still receive wage for taking care of their spouses and babies?”

From January until earlier May this year, the government has doled out nearly $1.8 million to about 18,000 female garment workers who have given birth.

According to a National Social Security Fund report, 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.

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