Four garment workers killed and 25 injured in truck accident

Garment workers travel by truck to factories in Phnom Penh. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

At least four garment workers died and 25 were injured in a traffic accident on Wednesday evening when a truck carrying bricks crashed into a truck transporting workers in Kampong Speu province’s Samroang Tong district.

Garment workers affected by lockdown to receive $40 allowance from government

Garment workers return to their rental rooms after receiving COVID-19 vaccinations in a red zone in the locked-down Choam Chao 1 commune of the Pur Senchey District in Phnom Penh. Picture taken on May 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The social protection allowance would be provided to almost 275,747 garment workers from a total of 513 factories in Phnom Penh, Kandal and Preah Sihanouk provinces, according to a Tuesday statement from the Labour Ministry.

Union leaders sound alarm as COVID-19 spreads among provincial garment workers

Garment workers leave a factory after finishing their day in the Kong Pisei district of Kampong Speu province on May 6, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Over the past two weeks, at least 80 garment workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in just a handful of provinces outside Phnom Penh, sparking worries from laborers, union leaders and civil society figures that measures to reopen factories are insufficient.

More than 1,600 workers from 206 factories have been infected with COVID-19

Health Officials give a COVID-19 test to a worker at the Din Han factory after more workers tested positive, April 8, 2021. Panha Chhorpoan

Garment workers make up a large share of Cambodia’s COVID-19 cases, with some 1,673 workers from 206 factories having tested positive since the latest outbreak began in February, according to the Ministry of Labor. Additionally, more than 17,000 workers are in quarantine and being monitored after having come into contact with an infected person.

Garment Worker Vaccinations Begin in Phnom Penh

A garment worker is vaccinated against COVID-19 at a factory in Phnom Penh, on the first day of a campaign to vaccinate garment workers, April 7, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

A Campaign to vaccinate up to 80 percent of Cambodia’s garment workers began in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, with thousands of injections given in major the city’s industrial zones, the Labor Ministry said.