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Unionists Demand New Minimum Wage

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Protestors demand $160 minimum wage at Freedom Park in 2013. (Photo by Chor Sokunthea) (Photo by Chor Sokunthea)

PHNOM PENH, August 5, (Khmer Times) – The unions have decided to set their demand for minimum wages for factory workers at $177.
Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union Movement of Workers said, “In the meeting last week with the International Labor Organization (ILO), Ath Thorn, and other unionists, we decided to demand a minimum wage of $177 as the basis for the trilateral negotiations in October.”
He added that this decision is founded on the Labor Advisory Council’s, and National Institute of Statistic’s report. They determined that the minimum cost of living in Cambodia lies between $157 and $177.
The current minimum wage for factory workers is $100. 
Mr.Pav Sina told Khmer Times, in a telephone interview, that the requested minimum wage of $177 is the negotiating basis. He expects that the two sides will agree on a figure between that and the existing minimum wage – somewhere around $150.
“If there is no consensus, no minimum wage more suitable for covering the cost of living ($140 to $160) then will put pressure on them [the employers] by demonstrating again,” he said. 
The government and the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) stated that employers see no possibility of giving in to the unions demands. 

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