Cambodia: Over 7,000 workers from 15 factories across apparel, footwear & travel goods sectors lose jobs as exports decline
"7,696 workers lose jobs in Cambodian RMG, footwear, travel goods units", 2 August 2023
Declining export demand has led to another 7,696 workers from 15 factories in Cambodia’s garments, footwear and travel goods sector losing jobs, the ministry of labour and vocational training (MLVT) said in a notification yesterday.
MLVT had a few days back notified that 4,076 workers from eight factories in the sector had lost jobs.
These workers will be eligible for financial support for the period of suspension as per a government package announced in March this year.
Jobless workers are now getting $70 each as monthly allowance. Factory owners contribute $30 and the rest is provided by the government.
Export slowdown has led to the closure of several factories and the loss of jobs for thousands in the sector, a Cambodian newspaper reported.
In the first half this year, export earnings from the sector declined by 18.6 per cent year on year, data from the general department of customs and excise showed.
But exports grew slightly—by 1 per cent YoY in June—after declining every month during the first five months this year.