Rise in garment workers delivering babies

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Prime Minister Hun Sen meets with garment workers. Thy Chantola

The number of garment workers who delivered babies and received bonuses from Prime Minister Hun Sen rose significantly during the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year, the National Social Security Fund said in its latest report.

In the report released on Monday, the NSSF said 19,102 workers delivered babies from January to March, compared to 13,133 during the same period last year, an increase of more than 45 percent.

“The government paid out nearly $2 million to these workers,” it said.

Cambodia’s garment industry employs about 700,000 workers, most of whom are women.

NSSF said that for the first three months of last year, the government spent more than $1.3 million to pay bonuses to female workers who bore babies.

The government provides a bonus of $100 to a worker who delivers one baby, $200 for twins and $300 for triplets and has budgeted at least $10 million a year for the purpose.

For the whole of last year, the government paid more than $6.5 million to 65,054 female garment workers who delivered 65,534 babies.

On March 28, Mr Hun Sen said during the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the International Labour Organization at the Peace Palace that more than a million enterprises have benefited since the government developed social security schemes.

He also said that this year the government will set up a pension scheme for workers, a safety net for public officials facing occupational risks and also cooperate with countries taking in Cambodian workers to provide a social security scheme.

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