Cambodia’s Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training said recently that the negotiations for country’s minimum wage for next year will continue.
The Ministry added that the representatives for workers have already agreed to reduce their demand from US $ 199 to US $ 197 per month.
Meanwhile, the representatives of employees have agreed to increase the monthly wages from US $ 184 to US $ 184.50. Notably, the current minimum wage is US $ 170 per month.
Heng Sour, Ministry spokeman, said yesterday (15 September) that meetings this week would help both parties reach a common figure. Any agreement is expected to significantly impact 800,000 textile, apparel and footwear workers in the country.
He also thanked the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for helping enhance the capacities of relevant parties. ILO had calculated that the minimum wage should increase between 4 per cent and 5 per cent from what it was the previous year.
Nang Sothy, Deputy Director, National Council on Minimum Wage, said “The increase in wages by even US $ 1 or US $ 0.50 is not easy because garment work is calculated in pennies. Therefore, employers must keep a strict stance during discussions. In the end, if no agreement is reached then we will decide wages by a democratic vote.”
Sothy represented employers during negotiations.