Cambodia gives garment workers 4.4% minimum wage hike

Phnom Penh – Cambodia’s government announced Friday that it is raising the minimum wage for the garment industry, the country’s biggest export earner, whose workers make up a powerful political bloc.

The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training said starting in January, the minimum wage will be raised 4.4% to $190 a month from $182. The increase falls short of the $195 a month requested by unions but is higher than the $186 suggested by factory owners.

The clothing and footwear industry is Cambodia’s biggest export sector, employing nearly 800,000 people in about 1,000 garment and shoe factories. In 2018, the Southeast Asian country shipped nearly $10 billion worth of products to the United States and Europe.

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