Covid-19 continues to spread in garment factories, where workers cannot avoid a crowd

Garment workers travel to their factory in a crowded van ahead in Choam Chao1 commune, Pur Sen Chey district in Phnom Penh, June 10. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

When garment factories in Phnom Penh resumed operations last month after the lockdown, officials and factory owners insisted workers would be safe. Factories were to divide workers into two shifts to allow for adequate social distancing; and testing, tracing, and vaccinations would help contain the spread of COVID-19.

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.

Garment groups call for delay in implementation of EBA

Cambodian apparel and footwear sector groups and the EU’s business chamber in Cambodia have appealed to the European Union to postpone its partial suspension of duty-free trade with Cambodia due to the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on Cambodia’s economy.

Garment factories lobby for savings to make up for rising wages

Garment manufacturers this week lobbied for more cost-saving policies to offset the rise in the sector’s minimum wage.