The tripartite meeting on the new minimum wage for garment workers in 2019 was held on Friday, Sept.14. The unions demanded $192, the employers offered $175, and the Labour Ministry suggested $177.57.
Heng Sour, spokesman for the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, spoke to the media after the session, explaining that the unions also asked for an increase of food and transportation allowances as well as a widening of the free-health care service for the workers.
He finds that the unions and the employers should endeavour to close the gap between offer and demand.
The parties agreed to meet again next week.
Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement Workers, sees a willingness to lower its demands if the employers elevate their offer.
He would like to see a wage increase of 10 percent as was agreed for 2018, when 2017’s $153 rose to $170. That would mean no less than $185 for garment, textile, and footwear factory workers in 2019.