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Soft-skills training for suspended workers underway

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Labour Ministry secretary of state Prak Chanthoeun. Ministry of Labour

The Ministry of Labour on Friday rolled out its soft-skills training for suspended workers amid the pandemic.

The workshops, which aim to build capacities, were required by the ministry for furloughed workers to receive full government allowances.

On Friday, the Labour Ministry launched training for more than 400 suspended garment workers of the Broadland Cambodia Garment Industries in the capital’s Meanchey district.

The training focused on improving the workers’ communication and negotiation skills, teamwork, dispute resolution and knowledge on labour laws and rights, as well as the benefits of the National Social Security Fund and occupational health and safety measures.

Prak Chanthoeun, a secretary of state of the Labour Ministry, said the ministry-led training courses seek to increase the capacities of the workers while guaranteeing their receipt of allowance from the government, which amount to 20 percent of their wages.

Mr Chanthoeun emphasised the significance of the training, which will also cover dissemination of information regarding COVID-19 prevention.

He added the Labour Ministry has issued additional instructions for officials to educate factory administrators about COVID-19.

A suspended garment worker, who refused to be named, said she will come to the ministry to undergo soft-skills training.

Far Saly, president of the National Trade Unions Coalition, said yesterday the virus has increased concerns for massive unemployment and decline in income.

“If the COVID-19 crisis abates in the US and European countries, then the import of apparels will continue,” he said.

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