Cambodia orders wage rise for garment workers
Phnom Penh - The Cambodian government told garment manufacturers on Thursday to raise the minimum wage paid to employees in one of the country's key industries, a move that will see basic pay rise from 61 to 75 dollars a month.
The announcement followed recent talks between unions and the Garment Manufacturers’ Association in Cambodia, a trade body. Talks stalled after some unions insisted on a monthly wage of 100 dollars. Manufacturers had refused to pay more than 70 dollars.
Ath Thorn, the president of the Cambodian Labour Confederation, a grouping of independent unions, said he was not satisfied with the 14-dollar per month raise, but would take it to the confederation’s 83,000 members to hear their thoughts.//DPA
"The (offered) amount is still too small, and it’s not enough to feed the workers and to meet their other (requirements)," he said. "I’m not sure what my members will say, but I will talk to them and if they are satisfied, then it’s OK." The pay rise is scheduled to come into effect on May 1. When combined with a statutory five-dollar health payment, workers wille arn 80 dollars before overtime.