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Workers at Canteran Apparel (Cambodia) Co. Ltd. protest over unpaid wages at the Phnom Penh factory on March 25, 2020. (Supplied)

Garment Workers Strike Over Unpaid Wages Amid Virus Pandemic

Nearly 1,000 garment workers protested outside a Phnom Penh factory on Wednesday after the owner failed to pay their regular wages, which the company said was due to declining payments from buyers during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

A garment factory worker in Cambodia (ILO)

Increase Business Productivity, Upskill for Better Jobs, World Bank Says

Cambodia needs to diversify exports and upskill its labor force, with productivity in its dominant garment export industry stagnating compared to competing economies in part because workers don’t have the “skills to attract higher-value FDI, nor do they have the means to acquire those skills,” according to a new World Bank report.

Workers from the Hoeng Jin factory gather in front of the Labor Ministry in Phnom Penh on October 8, 2019. (VOD file photo)

Factory Workers Receive Compensation Two Months After Factory Shuttered

Marking the end of a monthslong dispute, about 150 garment factory workers received compensation on Thursday following the closure of the Hoeng Jin garment factory in August and the owner allegedly having gone into hiding. Workers and their representatives say they say received too little too late.