Cambodia labour ministry & unions to negotiate 2020 minimum wage for garment workers

 

Get RSS feed of these results

All components of this story

Article
20 September 2019

Cambodia: Govt. increases minimum wage for garment and footwear workers to $190 in 2020

Author: Vida Taing, Khmer Times

"Minimum wage for garment, and footwear sectors rises to $190 in 2020", 20 September 2019

The minimum wage for workers in the textile, garment, and footwear industries has increased to $190 in the year 2020, according to the Ministry of Labour.

In an announcement released after a trilateral meeting ..., the Labour Ministry said the National Committee for Minimum Wage has determined $187 as the minimum wage, while Prime Minister Hun Sen has decided to add $3 more.

The ministry said besides the monthly minimum wage, workers will still receive other fringe benefits including an extra 10 U.S. dollars per month for regular attendance and an extra seven U.S. dollars per month for transportation and rent.

The ministry said the new wage will be effective from the first of January 2020.

... Nang Sothy, who represented employers during negotiations, told reporters that the new minimum wage was acceptable, but he appealed to the government to address better ways for productivity...

Pav Sina, the president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said he welcomes the result and hopes that the ministry will consider the additional 13 requests, which unions have made to improve working conditions.

The government has increased the minimum wage for garment workers every year since 2014. The 2019 minimum wage was set at $182 a month, an increase of $12 when compared to last year’s $170.

 

Read the full post here

Article
16 September 2019

Cambodia: Employers & unions agree to continue discussing next year's minimum wage for garment and footwear workers

Author: Long Kimmarita, The Phnom Penh Post

"Negotiations to continue for next year’s minimum wage", 15 September 2019

Negotiations for next year’s minimum wage will continue … as the parties work to reach an agreement that will impact about 800,000 workers in the textile, garment and footwear industries, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training said ...

Representatives for workers have already agreed to reduce their demand from $199 to $197 per month, while representatives for employers have agreed to increase their offer from $184 to $184.50 per month, it said.

… The International Labour Organisation (ILO) calculates that minimum wages should increase between four and five per cent from last year.

Ministry spokesman Heng Sour told … that the meetings this week would allow both parties to reach a common figure before P’chum Ben celebrations begin …

“The atmosphere of negotiations has a level of maturity and mutual understanding. I thank the ILO for helping to improve the capacities of relevant parties, especially of unions and their understanding of economic principles and the criteria for setting wages,” he said.

Nang Sothy, who represented employers during negotiations, told … that they had tendered their offer after conducting exhaustive technical calculations.

Sothy who is also the deputy director of the National Council on Minimum Wage said that employers were unable to make higher offers during the last five meetings as their calculations took into account a slew of factors.

… Som Aun, who has represented garment workers during meetings, said both parties had their respective reasons for making their offers, although he was unsure what figure he would take to this week’s meetings…

Read the full post here

Article
10 September 2019

Cambodia: Unions demand $199 monthly minimum wage for garment workers while employers propose $184

Author: Kunthear Mom, Khmer Times

"Gap in proposed minimum wage", 9 September 2019

Unions and employers have proposed starkly differing figures of what the minimum wage for garment and textile factory workers should be next year.

... After their latest meeting ..., the National Committee of Minimum Wage at the Labour Ministry issued a statement noting that unions have demanded $199 and employers $184.

Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour said the $15 gap will need to be closed during another meeting ...

“Both parties came up with different figures. They have different reasons based on seven evaluating conditions we agreed upon earlier,” he said.

“I believe both parties are now figuring out ways to reach a conclusion at the upcoming meeting.”

... The current minimum wage is $182 per month, an increase of $12 when compared to last year’s $170.

Far Saly, president of the National Trade Union Confederation, ... shared documents presented at the meeting showing how unions and employers are justifying their proposed figures.

... Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said unions want the minimum wage to be almost $200 because of these factors.

“Even if the workers receive $17 more, their living standards will still be bad,” he said. “The $17 increase will not give them better living standards…but we are still demanding this because of inflation, productivity and the job market.”

... The Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia ... urged the government not to again tack on the additional $5, arguing employers cannot shoulder the financial burden, especially as more social security schemes are set to kick in next year...

Read the full post here

Article
4 September 2019

Cambodia: The Ministry of Labour extends a deadline for employers and unions to propose minimum wage in the garment sector for 2020

Author: Long Kimmarita, The Phnom Penh Post

"Ministry extends deadline to propose minimum wage", 4 September 2019

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training … gave unions and the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) until Friday to decide on their figures for the sector’s minimum wage for next year.

Negotiations on next year’s minimum wage began on Tuesday.

GMAC has previously said it wants the garment worker minimum wage to remain the same.

Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training spokesman Heng Sour told reporters after the second meeting of the National Council on Minimum Wage on Tuesday that the delay is to allow all sides to set a figure for negotiations to find a minimum wage acceptable to all.

“Each party should have time to hold meetings to find the figure they will take into the wage negotiations. The government will coordinate talks to find a minimum wage acceptable [to all sides],” said Sour, who is also secretary of state at the Ministry of Labour.

Six tripartite meetings of the National Council on Minimum Wage, which includes workers and employers’ representatives and the Ministry of Labour, will be held … to reach a final decision, the Ministry of Labour’s schedule states.

GMAC deputy secretary-general Kaing Monika said employers did not have the ability to bring to negotiations an increase to the minimum wage.

He said the majority of GMAC members had agreed to keep it at $182 a month.

… Some unions have said workers could this year receive an increase of between $20 and $27 a month.

Read the full post here

Article
19 August 2019

Cambodia: The Ministry of Labour and unions prepare to negotiate minimum wage for 2020 for garment workers

Author: Kunthear Mom, Khmer Times

"Unions prepare to negotiate minimum wage", 19 August 2019

Unions are preparing to meet with Labour Ministry officials ... to discuss the minimum wage in the garment sector for 2020.

..., unions, Labour Ministry officials and the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia held individual meetings on the minimum wage..., unions and GMAC representatives are expected to separately meet Labour Ministry officials...

Currently, the minimum wage for garment and footwear factory workers is set at $182... Labour Minister Ith Samheng said all parties should consider seven social and economic criteria, such as inflation and competitiveness, before proposing a figure ...

Far Saly, president of the National Trade Unions Coalition, ... said the prospect of the European Union suspending the Everything-but-arms trade scheme has created uncertainty among employers.

“The situation this year has not been as smooth as last year’s because of the EBA issue,” Mr Saly said. “Employers are not happy about increasing wages.”...

“I think only the government can solve the problem,” he said, adding that he is aiming to propose an $18 increase.

Yang Sophorn, president of the Cambodian Alliance Trade Union, ... said she still expects an increase next year.

“For me, I think the negotiations on the minimum wage will be smooth like last year because the current political situation is good,” Ms Sophorn said. “The negotiation process will yield good results for our workers.”

Heng Sour, spokesman for the Labour Ministry, ... said all sides should reveal their proposed amounts ...

“This won’t be the first time they express concerns or demand a wage increase,” Mr Sour said. 

Read the full post here