Cambodia to raise minimum wage for garment workers by $12

PHNOM PENH

Oct 7, 2018-

Cambodia hiked the monthly minimum wage for garment workers by $12 Friday from the current $170 following a election promise by premier Hun Sen. The country’s $7 billion apparel industry is fuelled by more than 740,000 garment workers, who strongman Hun Sen attempted to woo before July’s widely-criticised elections. The poll was derided internationally after the only credible opposition party was disbanded before the vote, handing the premier’s ruling party all 125 seats. Union representatives stopped short of welcoming the wage increase, which they say is not enough to address rising inflation and living expenses. “It does not satisfy us yet. We were demanding an increase of at least $15 a month,” Ath Thorn of the Coalition of Cambodia Apparel Workers Democratic Union told AFP. (AFP)

Published: 07-10-2018 08:13

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