The government is negotiating with other countries to ensure the safety of migrant workers and that they receive worker benefits while toiling abroad, Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday.
Mr Hun Sen said on his Facebook page that the negotiations include workplace accident insurance and life insurance.
He added that the government is committed to aiding the workers’ families who remain in the country to fill out any necessary paperwork to complete the process.
“Currently, the government is implementing these measures for workers who work in South Korea and the government is negotiating with other countries, too” he said.
Mr Hun Sen noted that the negotiations include talks to document worker seniority, which will count toward pension payments back home.
Last month, Labour Minister Ith Samheng announced that migrants in Thailand would earn pension benefits.
Meoun Tola, director of rights group Central, said that workers in Thailand give up five percent of their wages to the Thai government for social services.
“I think that for workers in Thailand, they already have social protection,” he said.
According to the Ministry of Labour, in the first six months of 2017, more than 500 dead Cambodians were repatriated from Thailand. Not all died on the job; causes of deaths included traffic accidents, workplace accidents, and illness.