6,000 to 7,000 Cambodian workers took to the streets to demand a living wage and
improved working conditions. Workers throughout various Cambodian sectors joined
the May Day march in an amazing show of solidarity, sending a message to duty-bearers,
employers and international businesses that development in this country will be
is no minimum wage in Cambodia, despite the Labor Law (1997) requiring
one to be set in the private sector through sub-decree. More than 15 years
after the law was passed, this has not been done. The exception is the garment industry
which as of today ensures workers receive US$80 per month. Considering the
ever-increasing costs of living and the needs of dependents this is nothing
more than a poverty wage.
on average per capita expenditure and macro-economic data an ILO commissioned study
in January, 2013 comprehensively concluded that the required minimum wage in
Cambodia is US$164 per month. However, the lives of marginalized Cambodian
workers are currently typified by poverty, malnutrition and exploitation -
despite maintaining full-time employment. This cannot and will not continue.
and their representatives marched to the National Assembly where they were
greeted by opposition party members who reiterated their commitments to
increase minimum wage for garment workers and civil servants to $150 an $250
per month, respectively.
labor movement in Cambodia continues to grow and we will not sit idly by as the
gap between rich and poor continues to increase. Cambodian workers deserve
respect, basic human needs and human dignity.Click here
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