Prime Minister Hun Sen said the government has decided to provide $70 a month for each worker once their factories temporarily suspended their operations due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at a press conference in Phnom Penh yesterday, Mr Hun Sen said so far more than 100 garment factories have shut down their operations due to lack of raw materials and orders.
He said the government will offer $40 while factory management will give $30.
“Previously, the government decided to provide 20 percent of the wages and 40 percent was from factory owners but because the owners could not afford it, the government decided to offer $40 while the owners contribute $30,” he said.
He added that before getting the fund, the government demanded the workers undergo training but due to the closures of the training centres, the workers were not required to do so.
He said other countries have also suffered from Covid-19 pandemic which made it harder for the Kingdom to export their products.
Far Saly, president of the National Trade Unions Coalition, said yesterday $70 monthly wage for a worker is acceptable as other countries such as the US, Canada and Europe are being battered by the infection.
“We want to call on workers to accept the money from the government and owners in these hard times,” he said.
“Now, the workers should accept the government’s decision. We all should join together to combat the COVID-19,” Mr Saly said.
A workers who declined to be named said he is willing to receive a $70 wage.
“In fact, although $70 is not enough to buy food, it is better than nothing because both factory owners and the government have suffered the Covid-19 impact,” he said.
So far, 91 factories have applied for suspending their operation, affecting 61,500 workers, according to the Labour Ministry.