5 garment workers killed, scores hurt in Cambodia truck crash

5 garment workers killed, scores hurt in Cambodia truck crash

PHNOM PENH - At least five Cambodian garment workers were killed and nearly 70 injured Tuesday after two trucks carrying the labourers collided, authorities said.

Many of Cambodia's 700,000 garment workers travel to their factories in overcrowded vehicles to save money

The accident took place early Tuesday morning when a truck transporting workers "turned over" after hitting another vehicle, also loaded with factory workers, in southern Kampong Speu province, local governor Ma Savath told AFP.

Thirteen of the 68 injured workers were in critical condition, the official added.

Many of Cambodia's 700,000 garment workers travel to their factories in overcrowded vehicles to save money.

The trucks transporting them are routinely involved in accidents on the country's notoriously dangerous roads.

Last May, at least 19 Cambodian garment workers were killed and dozens injured in a van crash in eastern Svay Rieng province.

Cambodia's multi-billion dollar garment industry is a key source of export earnings for the impoverished kingdom.

The government said it would raise the minimum monthly wage for garment workers by nearly 10 percent to $140 in January, which fell short of union demands.

Cambodian police arrested a number of garment workers last month after breaking up a pay protest with water cannon at a factory near the Vietnam border.

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT

Eight dead in weekend avalanches in Austria

VIENNA - Austrian police said Sunday that five people had been killed in avalanches in the west of the country, after three deaths were reported Saturday despite pleas for caution on ski slopes.

5 Feb 2023

Cops raid spa linked to fugitive Kampol

Sutthisan police have raided one of two unregistered massage parlours in the Ratchadaphisek area linked to Kampol Wirathepsuporn, a suspect who fled the country after his massage parlour was shut down over a human trafficking case.

5 Feb 2023

Fierce battles in Bakhmut as Russian missiles hit Kharkiv

BAKHMUT, Ukraine: Heavy fighting was underway Sunday in the northern parts of the frontline hotspot Bakhmut, while Russian missile strikes on Ukraine's second-largest city Kharkiv wounded five people.

5 Feb 2023