Cash assistance for laid-off workers extends through third round

The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training announced on February 4 a third round of government cash assistance for 5,576 laid-off workers from 42 factories and other selected companies in the garment and tourism sectors whose operations have been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ministry commented in a notice that the latest cycle will include the 64th phase of its relief programme, a provision it says is in line with the series of government social assistance programs being implemented during Covid.

The notice added that cash payments would be paid in riels and according to the length of time the worker had been out of work. Those suspended for seven to 10 days will receive 60,750 riels ($14.94), while those suspended for 11-20 days and 21-30 days will receive $30 and $40 riels respectively.

The ministry said electronic payment service provider Wing would send a notification to workers’ phone numbers properly registered with their employers, but warned the company would transfer cash assistance to the government if workers did not pick it up. not within 10 days. to receive the notice.

The ministry told workers to bring their Cambodian national ID cards and phones to any Wing agent to receive the money, noting that there is no service charge for the transfer.

If a worker who thinks they are entitled to cash assistance does not receive a message from Wing, they can contact their employer for more information or to update their phone numbers, he said, noting that it would look for to present the program to other workers.

The ministry noted that the 42 companies are based in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kandal, Kampong Speu, Takeo, Svay Rieng and Siem Reap.

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