Informal labor

NSSF: Over 100,000 people register for voluntary contribution scheme

From Nov. 14, 2023 to Jan. 1, 2024, a total of 106,868 people has registered as members of the Voluntary Contribution Health Care Social Security Scheme Fund (Voluntary Contribution Scheme), administered by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training. ...

Khmer Times Staff

PM urges informal workers to register

Prime Minister Hun Manet on Tuesday called on informal workers to voluntarily register their business to enable authorities to manage data and provide benefits, including debt waivers and a five-years tax exemption. ...

Chhorn Raksmey

PM asks MEF to simplify biz registration procedures

Prime Minister Hun Manet asked Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance (MEF) and Chairman of the Committee on Economic and Financial Policy Aun Pornmoniroth to simplify business registration and reduce tax burdens for the self-employed in the informal economy to be formalised ...

Kang Sothear

Dr Hun Manet encourages informal workers to enter formal economy

Dr Hun Manet, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Friday encouraged all the informal workers and enterprises to participate in the formal economy. ...

Khmer Times Staff

Entertainment workers gain NSSF

People employed in the entertainment and tourism sectors of the informal economy will be registered with the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), so they can access health care through the Kingdom’s health equity fund, the government announced. ...

Chea Sokny

Thai law enforcement worries migrants

Some Cambodian migrant workers currently employed in Thailand are worried about an apparent tightening of labour law enforcement after some Thai companies were found to have brought workers there without proper documents, according to a prominent NGO working with the migrants in the neighbouring country. ...

Lay Samean and Chea Sokny

Informal economy may lose over 6M jobs by Covid’s end

Minister of Planning Chhay Than said more than six million workers in the informal economy have either lost or are expected to lose their jobs due to Covid-19, despite the government’s efforts to counter the pandemic. ...

Mom Kunthear

IDEA asks the government to help informal workers

Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA) has asked the government to help support street vendors and tuk-tuk drivers as they feel the pinch amid the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Sen David

About 1,000 migrants sent home

About 1,000 Cambodians allegedly working illegally in Thailand were arrested and deported after the Thai government declared an end to a grace period for labourers, a member of the official receiving committee at the border in Poipet said Monday. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Fishermen still abused in Thailand

Forced labour remains rampant on Thai fishing boats more than three years after an international outcry, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released yesterday, with Cambodian fishermen reporting that Thai reforms designed to safeguard them from abuse are being used as tools to ...

Erin Handley and Yon Sineat

New benefits for workers

Maids, labourers and other so-called “informal workers” are set to receive free health care and maternity benefits next year – as long as they can get their employer to register them with the government. ...

New benefits for workers Yon Sineat

Migrant worker protections ‘lacking’, reports find

Cambodia lacks effective mechanisms to protect its citizens working both as legal and undocumented migrants abroad, where such workers also face insufficient protection from the countries that receive them, according to two new reports published last week. ...

Leonie Kijewski and Soth Koemsoeun

Thais crack down on illegal workers

Thai soldiers on Thursday detained four Cambodian men, three women and a one-month old baby after they crossed the border to find work. The Cambodian Consulate in Thailand’s Sa Keao province said it quickly secured the release of the group, who were from Sout Nikom ...

Ros Chanveasna

Workers stream over the Thai border

Thailand has sent home almost 100 Cambodians who had been working illegally in the country, as numbers passing over the border continue to increase ahead of Khmer New Year.   ...

Pav Suy

Thais deporting more than 100 daily

On an average day, more than 100 Cambodians are sent back from Thailand through the Poipet International Checkpoint amid the Thai government’s crackdown on undocumented foreign workers, according to the Banteay Meanchey provincial governor yesterday. ...

Pav Suy

Cambodian workers released from detention in Thailand

Nearly 30 Cambodians detained in Thailand since early July were released last week, though four remain in detention, an official at the Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok said. The migrant workers – 20 women and 14 men – were arrested on July 7 and taken to a ...

Sen David and Yesenia Amaro

Officials helping migrants in Thailand

Cambodian embassy officials in Thailand are now assisting migrant workers in Thai prisons by providing lawyers for them. Embassy officials also announced they are looking for relatives of a Cambodian man who died in Thailand late last month to take his body, which is being ...

Mom Kunthear

Thais deport Cambodian man after illegal border crossing

A Cambodian man was deported from Thailand through the Choam Sangam border checkpoint on Saturday after allegedly attempting to enter Thai territory, according to a Banteay Meanchey provincial immigration police officer. ...

Pav Suy

Overseas Cambodian workers send home over 1 bln USD per year

Cambodia’s Labor Minister Ith Samheng said Wednesday that overseas Cambodian workers had remitted more than 1 billion U.S. dollars to their families in Cambodia a year. ...


More than 50,000 migrants deported by Thailand in 2015

More than 50,000 Cambodian migrants were deported from Thailand through the Poipet International Border Checkpoint, the main point of return for migrants, since the beginning of this year, according to a Banteay Meanchey provincial police official. ...

Saing Soenthrith

Work permit applications surge amid crackdown

Since the government began its crackdown nearly one year and a half ago on foreigners without work permits, it has seen applications for work permits skyrocket alongside revenues from fines. ...

Ros Chanveasna

Migrants’ dream turns into pesticide nightmare

Promises of well-paying jobs in Malaysia turned into a nightmare for four young men repatriated from the country last week with help from rights group Adhoc. The four – who range from 18 to 24 years old – had been sold to a plantation ...

Chea Takihiro

Informal workers find jobs easy, conditions poor

Young workers employed in Phnom Penh’s expansive informal economy may find it easy to get a job, but they face a high likelihood of labor abuses and receive significantly less pay than their peers in the formal sector, according to a study released over the ...

Aun Chhengpor and Janelle Retka

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