Garment industry minimum wage raised $2 for 2022 amidst criticism from unions and workers

Garment workers leave for their lunch break from a factory on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, September 28, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The government on Tuesday moved to increase the 2022 minimum wage for workers in the garment and footwear industry by $2, summing up to a monthly salary of $194 in a decision that has left unions and laborers wishing for more.

Industry, government representatives propose minimum wage decrease for garment workers

Garment workers buy lunch in front of a factory in Kandal province, picture taken on June 4, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Employers and government representatives have countered union requests to raise the minimum wage for garment workers, instead arguing for a wage decrease in the second of three September negotiation meetings to set the minimum for 2022.

Cambodian garment workers lost about $109 million in wages during the pandemic lockdowns: report

A garment worker crosses a barrier placed at the border of a red zone in Choam Chao 1 commune, Pur Senchey district in Phnom Penh. Picture taken on May 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Cambodian garment workers lost an estimated $109 million in wages during the pandemic lockdowns in April and May, according to calculations by Cambodian trade unions and the Clean Clothes Campaign.