Garment worker minimum wage talks begin, find early disagreement

Garment workers leave a factory after finished their work on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Picture taken on August 18, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

As the first day of a three-way negotiation of the minimum wage for Cambodian garment workers, union and industry representatives have reached an early disagreement on the prospect of a wage increase for 2022.

Unions negotiate for $22.20 increase to minimum wage for 2022

Union leaders meet to discuss the garment factory minimum wage ahead of a three-party negotiation in Phnom Penh. Photo taken September 6, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Union representatives are urging an increase of $22.20 to the minimum wage for 2022, following renewed growth in exports of garment and footwear showing apparent recovery from the shocks of the pandemic on industry.