Cambodia unions urge brands to contribute to worker wages

Garment unions in Cambodia are proposing brands and manufacturers contribute 40% of the minimum wage for workers in factories that have suspended operations due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Official numbers show that the coronavirus pandemic has led to a halt of production in 91 garment factories and 91,500 garment workers have been laid off. According to the unions, garment workers and their dependent families cannot survive on US$70, a substantial drop from the minimum wage of US$190.

On 7 April, the Cambodian government announced that temporarily laid-off garment workers would only receive US$70 per month, instead of a previous proposal of US$114, where employers were to pay 40% and the government 20%.

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