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Minimum wage discussions continue

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The second round of 2021 minimum wage for garment workers meeting is held at the Ministry of Labour. KT/Pann Rachana

The second-round meeting of the National Council on Minimum Wage yesterday was not been able to reach an agreement on the figure for 2021’s minimum wage.

The lengthy meeting was attended by all parties, including employers, unions workers’ representatives and was facilitated by the government. However, it did not yield any major results, and so the meeting will resume today for the final round.

On September 7, the unions’ workers representatives had conducted an internal meeting and released a proposed figure of $ 12.35, or 6.5 percent of the current minimum wage. Cambodian Labour Confederation’s president Ath Thorn said that this figure was proposed at yesterday’s meeting.

However, Heng Sour, Labour Ministry  spokesman, said in an interview with reporters after yesterday’s meeting, that all the parties had not yet been able to release any figures, and that these will be revealed today

He also noted that the negotiations between the parties have reached a level of mutual acceptance and maturity.

“The discussions have been based on the previously decided technical specifications of the seven criteria in the National Minimum Wage Law, despite each of the parties having raised issues based on their individual biases,” Sour said.

Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) deputy secretary-general Kaing Monika could not be reached for comment, and secretary-general of GMAC Ken Loo declined to provide further information stating that it is necessary to wait for results of today’s meeting.

Thorn said it was still difficult for all parties to find a common agreement.

“If Thursday’s meeting still does not provide an agreement on any figures, the government will decide on a number as is stated by the minimum wage law,” he said.

However, Thorn does hope that the figure will rise to a certain acceptable level, although no agreement has been reached so far.


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