The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training on Friday issued a call for the implementation of the suspension of employment contracts for all garment and textile factories in the Kingdom affected by the shortage of raw materials, resulting from Covid-19.
The ministry spokesman Heng Sour said all concerned parties, including owners of enterprises, workers and professional organizations in the textile manufacturing sector must adhere to the Labour law regulation in relation to the suspension of employment contract.
“Do not take this opportunity to interpret the suspension of the contract into termination of employment or discrimination against unions. Anyone who does so will be liable to face the full force of the law,” he added.
According to The Garment Manufacturer’s Association in Cambodia, more than 60 percent of raw materials used in garment and textile factories in the Kingdom are imported from China, with many suppliers temporarily halting production and in turn affecting factories in the Kingdom.
About 7,000 workers will face being laid off if the delivery does not materialise and if the shortage drags on, about 90,000 workers will be suspended at the end of March.
Mr Sour noted the ministry is now working with factory owners to explore buying raw materials from other suppliers within and outside of China to meet the Kingdom’s demands.