Drivers and garment workers detained for trying to leave red zones

A man tries to walks through a blocked street in the red zone at Stung Meanchey III commune in Phnom Penh, May 10, 2021. CamoJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

More than 40 taxi drivers and over a hundred passengers, most of them garment workers, have been detained while trying to leave restricted red zones since May 6, Choam Chao 1 commune police chief Say Chamroeun said on Monday. They are now quarantined for 14 days at Kork Banhchoan Primary School in Pur Senchey district.

Mass closure of garment factories leaves workers unpaid, struggling to survive in lockdown

Garment workers stand in front of their rented apartments in the Stung Meanchey III commune of Meanchey district, one of the strictly patrolled COVID-19 red zones in Phnom Penh, April 22, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Many of the thousands of garment workers now under Cambodia’s strictest COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are finding themselves unpaid, suspended indefinitely from the capital area’s hundreds of factories and, as of yet, with little help from outside.

With 50 Covid cases, Phnom Penh garment factory shut down

A health worker swabs a garment worker’s nasal cavity for a COVID-19 test at the Din Han factory in Phnom Penh, April 8, 2021. CamboJA/ Panhan Chhorpoan

A Phnom Penh garment factory has been shut down for two weeks and thousands of workers have been ordered to take COVID-19 tests, with about 50 of their colleagues having already tested positive for the virus, officials said Thursday, as the garment sector vaccination drive moved into its second day.

Garment factory security guard tests positive for Covid-19, as infections grow

A garment worker is shown quarantined in her rental room after her roommate tested positive for Covid-19, on March 17, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

A 21-year-old Phnom Penh woman who works as a garment factory security guard tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday and was sent for treatment, while six others who had been in direct contact with her were ordered to quarantine for 14 days in their rental rooms in Sen Sok district’s Toek Thla commune.

Workers hope for an end to year-long Kandal factories closure dispute

200 workers marched to the Kandal Provincial Court in Takhmao City on July 13 to submit a petition asking that the court remove an injunction preventing them from being paid by their former factory owner. Panha Chhorpoan

More than 1,000 workers from Dignity Knitter and ECO Base Factory garment manufacturers have yet to get compensation packages nearly a year the factories’ owner first withheld their pay and subsequently shut down the factories.