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ILO workshop tackles minimum wage issues

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Labour Minister Ith Samheng leads a minimum wage meeting. MOL

The Labour Ministry and the International Labour Organisation are working together to increase the technical abilities of members of the Labour Advisory Committee who are tasked with monitoring and evaluating the status of the Kingdom’s minimum wage.

Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour yesterday said during a workshop on Minimum Wage Monitoring in Cambodia that the government has followed and implemented minimum wage principles based on evidence.

“We see that the minimum wage negotiations in Cambodia were smooth,” Mr Sour said. “Some parties that attended the minimum wage negotiations were not happy, but the process has been better than before.”

He added in order to support the monitoring mechanism, the Labour Ministry has established regulations.

“The minimum wage law was created to ensure a decent living standard for workers,” Mr Sour said. “The workshop today is aimed at strengthening the government’s technical abilities when it comes to minimum wage monitoring.”

Graeme Buckley, ILO director for Indochina, yesterday said the job of the organisation is to “protect workers against unduly low pay”.

“Minimum wages can be an important element of a policy to overcome poverty and reduce inequality,” Mr Buckley said. “A well designed and effective minimum wage policy can contribute to reducing inequality.”

He added that recent studies have shown that a minimum wage proportional to a country’s economy can contribute to a higher level of labour productivity.

Last month, a tripartite commission consisting of government officials, union leaders and employers determined that $182 will be the new minimum wage for workers in the textile industry next year. The minimum wage is $170 per month this year.

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