Cambodian garment workers in new campaign for wage increase

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IHOMP1BPDEGarment workers in 300 factories across Cambodia are to launch a new campaign on September 17 to increase their monthly minimum wage to $177 from $100, union officials said. A previous demand for a wage hike to $160 had been rejected by employers, who raised salaries to $100 from $80 this year.

Representatives from unions and nongovernmental organisations joined workers in demonstrations outside factories during lunch break to highlight their demands for the wage increase. They submitted petitions to factory managers and the Cambodian government on the issue.

“All union representatives have agreed that we must demand the [monthly minimum wage] be raised because the situation has changed [from the previous demand of $160] due to the economy and inflation,” Ath Thon, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union, told RFA’s Khmer Service. But he added that the talks with the factory management would be flexible.

The move comes ahead of a meeting of the Labor Advisory Committee (LAC), an organisation of employers, the government, and unions, early next month for discussions on a new minimum wage that will take effect in January 2015, reports say.

Garment workers’ unions vowed to restart protests if the country’s Garment Manufacturing Association (GMA), which represents the factories on the LAC, raised the wage to only $115 next year, as the organisation proposed doing at a meeting last month, The Phnom Penh Post reported.

Although at the time unions sought an increase $177, the GMA offered $115 based on the Cambodian government’s plan for a gradual rise in the wage to reach $160 by 2018, the report said.

The campaign to seek a higher minimum wage is being supported by foreign trade unions which will hold demonstrations in more than 40 cities on Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the CLEC.

They will target retail stores, offices, and workplaces of multinational apparel sellers, including H&M, Gap, Adidas, Puma, Zara, Levis, and C&A, which source from Cambodian garment factories.

 

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Garment workers in 300 factories across Cambodia are to launch a new campaign on September 17 to increase their monthly minimum wage to $177 from $100, union officials said. A previous demand for a wage hike to $160 had been rejected by employers, who raised salaries to $100 from $80 this year.

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IHOMP1BPDEGarment workers in 300 factories across Cambodia are to launch a new campaign on September 17 to increase their monthly minimum wage to $177 from $100, union officials said. A previous demand for a wage hike to $160 had been rejected by employers, who raised salaries to $100 from $80 this year.

Representatives from unions and nongovernmental organisations joined workers in demonstrations outside factories during lunch break to highlight their demands for the wage increase. They submitted petitions to factory managers and the Cambodian government on the issue.

“All union representatives have agreed that we must demand the [monthly minimum wage] be raised because the situation has changed [from the previous demand of $160] due to the economy and inflation,” Ath Thon, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union, told RFA’s Khmer Service. But he added that the talks with the factory management would be flexible.

The move comes ahead of a meeting of the Labor Advisory Committee (LAC), an organisation of employers, the government, and unions, early next month for discussions on a new minimum wage that will take effect in January 2015, reports say.

Garment workers’ unions vowed to restart protests if the country’s Garment Manufacturing Association (GMA), which represents the factories on the LAC, raised the wage to only $115 next year, as the organisation proposed doing at a meeting last month, The Phnom Penh Post reported.

Although at the time unions sought an increase $177, the GMA offered $115 based on the Cambodian government’s plan for a gradual rise in the wage to reach $160 by 2018, the report said.

The campaign to seek a higher minimum wage is being supported by foreign trade unions which will hold demonstrations in more than 40 cities on Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the CLEC.

They will target retail stores, offices, and workplaces of multinational apparel sellers, including H&M, Gap, Adidas, Puma, Zara, Levis, and C&A, which source from Cambodian garment factories.

 

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