Economy
Workers leave a garment factory at the end of their shift in Cambodia in 2016. (Marcel Crozet/ILO/Flickr)

As Cambodia Sheds Factory Jobs, Family Farms Lose a Lifeline

Hammered by years of debt, drought and desperation, Cambodia’s smallholder farmers have long supported themselves by sending family to work in Phnom Penh factories. But the pandemic has upended the arrangement, forcing unemployed workers back to failing farms.

Workers mostly stay in their rented rooms during a self-isolation period, coming out occasionally to buy food, at a block of dorms where garment workers live in Phnom Penh’s Choam Chao commune on April 22, 2020. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Unions Urge Brands to Intervene on Suspension Pay Law Dispute

Garment and footwear unions asked brands to make their Cambodian suppliers pay workers that they say were short-changed during lockdowns, suspensions and permanent closures, in effect asking brands to intervene on the way the Labor Ministry and factories interpret the law.

A man checks the news on his smartphone. (Heng Vichet/VOD)

After Gov’t Warning, Smart Says Number Transfer Was a One-Off Incident

Malaysia-based Telecom provider Smart Axiata admitted Friday there was one case where a customer’s existing number had been transferred to a new subscriber, after the Telecommunications Ministry warned of punitive action against the service provider for transferring active numbers.

A cement truck leaves the Naga 3 construction site in Phnom Penh's Tonle Bassac commune on July 10, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Only 377 NagaWorld Workers Still Holding Out Against Layoffs: Union

In a move a labor group said was unprecedented, NagaWorld is calling on governmental labor inspectors to authorize the dismissal of a group of union leaders as part of the casino’s mass layoffs, overriding the legal protections unionists enjoy unless they have committed serious offenses, a workers’ representative said.