Cam­bo­dia: PM takes ini­tia­tives in gar­ment, footwear sec­tor

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The Prime Min­is­ter of Cam­bo­dia, Samdech Te­cho Hun Sen, met around 4,270 work­ers from the gar­ment and footwear sec­tors on 20th Au­gust at a cer­e­mony held on the is­land of Koh Pich, Ph­nom Penh. The cer­e­mony marked the be­gin­ning of the Weekly Meet­ings that the Prime Min­is­ter had pro­posed to meet all the work­ers across the na­tion.

The ob­jec­tive of the meet­ing was not only to build trust and cre­ate a friendly re­la­tion­ship with the work­ers but also to un­der­stand their prob­lems and needs.

After the meet­ing, Hun Sen posted on his Face­book page that he has taken a de­ci­sion wherein the work­ers from both gar­ment and shoe in­dus­tries can now use the pub­lic trans­port for two years at no cost.

The afore­men­tioned ini­tia­tive is in­tended to min­i­mize the ev­ery­day ex­penses of the work­ers. “The free ser­vice that was started on 20 Au­gust 2017, will be avail­able un­til 20 Au­gust 2019. The work­ers have to only show their re­spec­tive labour cards while trav­el­ling in the bus,” said the Prime Min­is­ter.

The Cam­bo­dian Premier also said that from Jan­uary next year, the em­ploy­ers will have to be com­pletely re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing health in­sur­ance to all their work­ers. This ini­tia­tive is also ex­pected to save about US $ 2-3 ev­ery month for work­ers. He also added that from 2019, all the for­mer work­ers will start get­ting their pen­sion as well.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Hun Sen men­tioned that the monthly min­i­mum wage of all the work­ers from both sec­tors will see a growth of min­i­mum 9.8 per cent to US $ 168 in 2018 from the ex­ist­ing US $ 153.

Gar­ment and footwear sec­tors earned US $ 7.3 bil­lion for Cam­bo­dia in 2016. The fig­ures ac­count for an as­tound­ing 74 per cent of over­all ex­port from the coun­try.

Cam­bo­dian gar­ment and footwear in­dus­try stood at US $ 7.3 bil­lion last year

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