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Ministers to guarantee benefits for migrants

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Prime Minister Hun Sen shakes hands with regional labour ministers. KT/Khem Sovannara

Mekong region Labour Ministers yesterday endorsed a plan to guarantee that migrant workers will still receive their social security benefits when they return home or switch jobs within CLMTV countries.

The guarantee was enshrined in the Siem Reap Roadmap toward the Labour Ministerial Declaration on the Portability of Social Security for Migrant Workers in CLMTV countries which was endorsed by the ministers attending a conference in Siem Reap city.

A Labour Ministry press statement said the endorsement was made at the end of the 3rd Ministerial Conference on Labour Cooperation in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam (CLMTV) under the theme of “Toward Labour Protection of Migrant Workers in CLMTV: Cooperation on Social Protection Sector”.

It said that the roadmap serves as a guideline for a joint framework to ensure that migrant workers will receive benefits from social security upon their return home even if they change their workplace within Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

“The ministers also issued a joint statement on further strengthening labour cooperation to ensure the protection of migrant workers in CLMTV by introducing a mechanism on the portability of social security,” the statement noted.

It said the agreement was the result of efforts put in by the Royal Government to broaden and strengthen cooperation within the regional framework to protect and promote the welfare and benefits of migrant workers.

Heng Sour, a ministry spokesman, yesterday evening said that migrant workers of all five CLMTV countries will still receive their social security benefits even if they migrate to work from one country to another.

“All benefits, pensions and seniority bonuses of Cambodian workers will be kept for them even if they move to work from country to country until they return to the Kingdom,” Mr Sour said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, who spoke at the conference yesterday, noted that in the past, employment migration had only been between neighbouring countries while nowadays geographical issues are no longer a barrier to human migration.

He said that as a member of CLMTV, Cambodia supports initiatives such as the introduction of various policies and regulations for the protection of rights and benefits for both Cambodian workers in foreign countries and foreign workers in Cambodia.

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