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.

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.