866 Unemployed Hotel Workers Set to Receive Cash Allowance

A total of 866 workers who lost their jobs at 12 Siem Reap hotels as a result of Covid-19 are in line to receive a financial boost under the government’s 88th cash allowance scheme
Tourists visit National Museum in Phnom Penh, January 13, 2023. Kiripost/Siv Channa
Tourists visit National Museum in Phnom Penh, January 13, 2023. Kiripost/Siv Channa

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has given out a cash allowance for the 88th time to 866 workers in the tourism sector who have been unemployed as a result of Covid 19.

The Ministry said in a statement on January 18 that the cash will be transferred to 12 hotels in Siem Reap province.

The allowance will be paid depending on the number of days of contract suspension. For example, $30 for each person who has been suspended from 11 days to 20 days and $40 per person for those suspended from work from 21 days to one month.

The statement added that the cash will be transferred via Wing Bank (Cambodia) and workers will have 10 days to collect it after receiving the phone message.

Workers are required to bring their Cambodian ID card and the phone with the message to Wing to claim the money, the statement said.

“In case workers working in these 12 enterprises do not receive phone messages from Wing Bank (Cambodia), they must contact [the Ministry] for more information or update their phone number to their enterprise administration,” the statement added.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, more than 23,000 tourism workers lost their jobs during the pandemic and have received almost $9 million in cash handouts from the government.