Further wage rise in Cambodia expected for 2014

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cambodian factory workersThe political tension after elections have inspired the Cambodia government to take steps to further increase the minimum wage for garment and footwear workers.

After a first raise to $80 monthly came into effect in September, the government has issued its second post-election announcement on salaries, saying on August 29 that it has formed a committee aimed at boosting minimum wages in 2014.

Vong Sovann, secretary-general of the Ministry of Social Affairs’ strikes and demonstrations settlement committee, said the committee would raise wages after examining living costs for workers.

“We can’t tell you how much the workers will receive until after we’ve done the research, but there will be an increase,” he said.

The committee, he added, will involve the government, unions and the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia. The expected increase would be between $20 an $40. The National Union Alliance Chamber of Cambodia – considered government-aligned – will try to secure a minimum wage of up to $200 over the next 5 years.

Union representatives said they want the government to increase the monthly minimum salary to $150 per month “as soon as possible.” Other low-income professions such as construction workers, beer promoters, domestic servants and hospitality staff should be paid the same.

Cambodia’s opposition party vowed to raise pay to $150 per month in case it won the election.

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The political tension after elections have inspired the Cambodia government to take steps to further increase the minimum wage for garment and footwear workers.

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cambodian factory workersThe political tension after elections have inspired the Cambodia government to take steps to further increase the minimum wage for garment and footwear workers.

After a first raise to $80 monthly came into effect in September, the government has issued its second post-election announcement on salaries, saying on August 29 that it has formed a committee aimed at boosting minimum wages in 2014.

Vong Sovann, secretary-general of the Ministry of Social Affairs’ strikes and demonstrations settlement committee, said the committee would raise wages after examining living costs for workers.

“We can’t tell you how much the workers will receive until after we’ve done the research, but there will be an increase,” he said.

The committee, he added, will involve the government, unions and the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia. The expected increase would be between $20 an $40. The National Union Alliance Chamber of Cambodia – considered government-aligned – will try to secure a minimum wage of up to $200 over the next 5 years.

Union representatives said they want the government to increase the monthly minimum salary to $150 per month “as soon as possible.” Other low-income professions such as construction workers, beer promoters, domestic servants and hospitality staff should be paid the same.

Cambodia’s opposition party vowed to raise pay to $150 per month in case it won the election.

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