Cambodia fixes minimum wage for garment workers

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Footwear-monitoringThe new minimum for Cambodia’s garment and footwear workers agreed on in May 2013 has now come into effect. Workers are now being paid at least $80 per month for regular working hours.

According to an update from the International Labour Organisation’s Better Factories Cambodia monitoring and reporting scheme, the new minimum wage consists of a $14 increase of the previous minimum wage of $61 as well as a $5 health care allowance.

Workers who are paid according to the number of units produced (piece-rate) will continue to be paid according to the amount they produce, as long as their final monthly wages equal at least the minimum wage and all required allowances. If this is not the case, piece-rate workers’ wages will be increased to $80 or $75 for probationary workers.Local unions in Cambodia who took part in the wage negotiations earlier this year had called for a wage hike to between $89 and $150 a month, saying the new wage is still just one-quarter of the monthly living wage of $274 a worker and her family in Cambodia require to cover basic needs.

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The new minimum for Cambodia’s garment and footwear workers agreed on in May 2013 has now come into effect. Workers are now being paid at least $80 per month for regular working hours.

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Footwear-monitoringThe new minimum for Cambodia’s garment and footwear workers agreed on in May 2013 has now come into effect. Workers are now being paid at least $80 per month for regular working hours.

According to an update from the International Labour Organisation’s Better Factories Cambodia monitoring and reporting scheme, the new minimum wage consists of a $14 increase of the previous minimum wage of $61 as well as a $5 health care allowance.

Workers who are paid according to the number of units produced (piece-rate) will continue to be paid according to the amount they produce, as long as their final monthly wages equal at least the minimum wage and all required allowances. If this is not the case, piece-rate workers’ wages will be increased to $80 or $75 for probationary workers.Local unions in Cambodia who took part in the wage negotiations earlier this year had called for a wage hike to between $89 and $150 a month, saying the new wage is still just one-quarter of the monthly living wage of $274 a worker and her family in Cambodia require to cover basic needs.

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