Cambodia gives cash subsidies to pandemic-affected workers

Employees in the garment and tourism industries whose employment contracts have been suspended can expect cash subsidies.
By: | July 21, 2021

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training said that such employees are eligible to receive the subsidies as part of the government’s package in response to the fallout of the pandemic. 

About 3,180 workers from 32 factories and companies in the two sectors are entitled for the 63th release of the cash subsidies, according to the notification dated July 15. 

The amount workers will receive depends on the number of days of suspension. Those suspended from seven to 10 days will receive 60,750 Riel (US$19.9), from 11 to 20 days 121,500 Riel (US$39.8), and from 21 to one month 162,000 Riel (U$53.1). 

The payouts will be handled by mobile banking service provider Wing Bank (Cambodia).

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Eligible recipients will receive a short message via their mobile phones pertaining to the subsidies, and they are encouraged to cash out the payment within 10 days upon receiving the notice. 

The garment and textile industry, as well as the tourism sector in Cambodia, employs more than 330,000 workers, according to Khmer Times.