Almost 30,000 garment workers who failed to show up to work during last week’s cancelled Khmer New Year holiday will be forced into quarantine or self-isolation for 14 days amid fears of coronavirus, a Labor Ministry official said on Monday.
Fifty garment factories suspended their operations — affecting the jobs of more than 20,000 workers — amid global challenges, the Labor Ministry said.
Two-hundred factories could suspend their production this month due to a lack of raw materials imported from China, a Labor Ministry spokesman said.
The minimum wage for garment factory factors has been raised $8 to $190 for 2020, according to a vote by the National Wage Council today. The council, made up of 17 representatives each from the government, employers and unions, agreed on a $187 rate, which was bumped up to $190 at Prime Minister Hun Sen’s request, according to a notice from the Labor Ministry.