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A garment factory worker in Cambodia (ILO)

Garment Industry, Union Seek Help as Exports Slide Amid Covid-19

With sinking exports and suspended production lines, the garment industry and a labor union continued appeals for help from the government and others this week, respectively renewing calls for a delayed partial withdrawal of trade benefits and quicker processing of worker payouts.

Prime Minister Hun Sen gives a speech on February 14, 2020, at the Sihanoukville port, where the Holland America Line's Westerdam cruise ship was docked. (Panha Chorpoan/VOD)

After EBA Loss, Hun Sen Welcomes Cruise, Touts Human Rights Respect

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday linked his decision to let a luxury cruise ship dock in Cambodia, after it had been turned away by other nations due to coronavirus fears, with the nation’s commitment to human rights, just days after the E.U. withdrew trade benefits over rights violations.

Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks on February 11, 2020, in this photograph posted to his Facebook page.

Any Factory Closures Will Be Due to Coronavirus, Not EBA, PM Says

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday said potential closures of garment factories in coming months would be due to novel coronavirus quarantine measures cutting manufacturers off from Chinese materials suppliers, not the result of the E.U. suspending trade benefits.

Striking workers protest outside the NagaWorld casino in Phnom Penh on January 9, 2020. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

More Than 1,000 Naga Casino Workers Go on Strike

More than 1,000 workers at the NagaWorld casino began a strike on Thursday demanding higher wages and the reinstatement of their union representative, and vowed to continue until their demands were met.

A garment worker checks pants in a factory in Cambodia on December 9, 2014 (ILO)

Union’s Petition on EBA Rejected

A union’s petition blaming the government for the potential loss of Cambodia’s duty-free trade access to the E.U. was rejected by the prime minister’s cabinet.