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Cambodia: 2015 minimum wage negotiations

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19 October 2015

Cambodia: Garment unions consider wage protests over “disappointingly low” new monthly minimum wage of $140

Author: Mom Kunthear, Phnom Penh Post

“Garment unions weigh protests”, 19 Oct 2015

Garment workers unions unhappy with next year’s recently announced $140 minimum wage for the sector will meet this week to determine whether or not to hold demonstrations to protest the disappointingly low figure. The unions were pushing for $160 a month when the government announced the new wage…Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said his union did not approve of the government’s increase either…But Sina said demonstrations would only be held if a push for buyers of Cambodian garments to support further wage increases was unsuccessful…

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8 October 2015

Cambodia: Garment sector minimum wage set at $140 per month; unions oppose, saying they need $160

Author: Mom Kunthear & Charles Rollet, Phnom Penh Post

“Garment sector wage set at $140”, 8 Oct 2015

Cambodia has officially set its minimum wage for garment workers next year at $140, a $12 increase from the current monthly wage of $128, according to the Ministry of Labour…The announcement of the final $140 wage angered some independent unions. Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union (C.CAWDU), said a large demonstration would be held after the day of Pchum Ben…As for employers, Ken Loo, secretary general of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, said businesses would comply with the new wage, although he warned that unless other factors in the industry improved – such as productivity – more factories would leave the country for cheaper alternatives…

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29 July 2015

Cambodia: New research project to establish cost of living for garment workers in order to support minimum wage negotiations

Author: Zsombor Peter, Cambodia Daily

"Survey of Garment Workers’ Expenses to Come", 28 Jul 2015

Hoping to help fill the void in reliable data that has stymied past negotiations on the minimum wage for the country’s garment workers, an international team of labor rights groups...hired a local research firm to find out exactly how much the workers are spending on living costs. They expect to have the results ready by early September, in time to inform the ongoing negotiations that will deliver a new minimum wage for the sector for 2016...The other groups supporting the effort are Germany’s Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the Swiss-based IndustriALL Global Union, and the Workers’ Activities Bureau of the International Labor Organization (ILO). “It’s to give the unions some sort of quantifiable figures to take into the wage negotiations,” Mr. Conklin [country director for the U.S.-based Solidarity Center] said. He said the researchers would start by training about 15 unionists with local IndustriALL affiliates, who would in turn survey about 700 garment workers across the country on their current expenses.

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