Cambodian Garment Factory Owners Urge Suspension of Minimum Wage Talks Citing Outbreak Impact

Garment factory owners on Tuesday urged Cambodia’s government to postpone annual negotiations on minimum wage, saying the sector needs to first recover from the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, while unions sought to downplay the severity of its impact and demand that talks go ahead.

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) issued a statement calling on the Ministry of Labor to stall minimum wage negotiations in the textile, garment, and footwear sector for 2021, planned to take place between July and September, citing a dearth of orders from foreign buyers and factory shutdowns caused by the outbreak.

“In the textile, garment, and footwear industry, many enterprises have temporarily suspended their production,” it reads.

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