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Ministry: Further out-of-work allowances paid

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A man withdraws his out-of-work allowance at a Wing store near Tuol Tompoung Market. KT/Siv Channa

The Ministry of Labour announced on Monday that a further 25,588 workers of 67 enterprises in the garment and tourism sectors will be paid allowances from the government after facing suspension or unemployment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The ministry said they will list the names of the 67 enterprises which are due to receive the money via Wing Specialised Bank.

On May 26, the ministry transferred a total of $684,294 to 33,231 suspended workers from 83 factories and 28 hotels and restaurants via the third-party payment system.

Speaking in Sihanoukville on Monday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Cambodia has seen 256 garment, footwear and travel goods factories in Cambodia suspend their operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting more than 130,000 workers.

He said around 169 companies in the tourism sector had also been closed temporarily, leaving a further 16,891 people unemployed.

He also scorned criticism against the government over delays in allowances being paid to workers.

“The ministry deals with the processing of all applications for allowances, including names and telephone numbers of the workers to verify their entitlements,” he said.

Srey Na, a suspended worker in Russey Keo district, said that she was already paid allowances from the government via Wing and that it is easy for workers to get paid from Wing stores.

“During the suspensions amid the virus, it is difficult to earn money to support our livelihoods. We are thankful to the government for providing us with some allowances,” she said.

She said that some workers have returned home for a while to earn money from farming, work in the family business or just to help their parents.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labour on Tuesday announced the postponement of seniority indemnity for all sectors, with the delay in payments extending into 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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