Talks to set garment industry minimum wage begin

The first three-party meeting to set the minimum wage for garment and footwear industry workers for 2021 was held September 3, with employer representatives seemingly looking to avoid a raise due to economic struggles in the wake of Covd-19, and unions proposing a nearly $12 increase.

The minimum wage will be determined at the end of a round of meetings between unions, the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) and the Labor Ministry, which will continue on September 9 and 10.

Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said he expected this year’s meeting to focus on Covid-19 and the partial withdrawal of tariff-free trade with the European Union under the Everything But Arms Agreement. 

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