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.

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.

Advocates urge booster dose for garment workers

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

Unions and civil society groups are urging the government to prioritize garment workers for a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to spread.