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Cambodia: PM directs the Ministry of Labour and relevant stakeholders to work on setting minimum wages for workers in construction, agriculture and service sectors

Author: Kunthear Mom, Khmer Times, Published on: 14 December 2018

"PM pushes for more minimum wages", 13 December 2018

Prime Minister Hun Sen ... directed the Labour Ministry, worker representatives, employers and relevant institutions to work together toward setting a minimum wage for workers in the construction, agriculture and service sectors.

“On December 10, the International Human Rights Day, we have received requests through the petitions of some unions to ask us to set the minimum wage for workers who work in the sectors of construction and others, ...,” Mr Hun Sen said...

Civil society and union leaders ... lauded the prime minister’s push to prepare the setting of a minimum wage for the other sectors ...

Vun Samphors, the Cambodian Domestic Worker Network president, said ... that she was happy to hear that ... Ms Samphors noted that domestic workers receive differing salaries with some getting $80, $150 or $280 and others more than $300.

“We want the government to set the wage to more than $250 per month for maids, so that they can support their families,” Ms Samphors said...

She noted that there are about 250,000 domestic workers in the Kingdom.

Sok Kin, Building and Wood Workers Trade Union Federation of Cambodia president, also welcomed to Mr Hun Sen’s push to have a minimum wage for workers in his sector... “There are between 250,000 and 260,000 construction workers ...,” Mr Kin said, ...

Theng Savoeun, Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Community president, ... said that it is good if the government and stakeholders set the minimum wage for farmers and workers in agriculture sector...

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