Wage law change threatens Labour Advisory Committee

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Labour Minister Ith Samheng said the country’s first draft law on the minimum wage will come into force by the end of the year. KT/Mai Vireak

The future of the government’s Labour Advisory Committee is hanging in the balance as the country’s first draft law on the national minimum wage is set to come into force by the end of the year.

Labour Minister Ith Samheng said the future of the committee, which consists of civil servants, unions and employer representatives, was uncertain now that legislation on the minimum wage for all workers was in the pipeline.

The minimum wage for garment and textile workers will rise to $170 from January after the Labour Advisory Committee came to a unanimous agreement on the issue, for the first time in 11 years of annual negotiations.

The rise represents an 11 percent increase on the current monthly wage of $153.

“We are waiting to see the law come into force first,” Mr Samheng said. “But the people who are working on this issue will continue to do so in order to ensure our mechanism are accurate.”

Far Saly, president of the National Trade Unions Coalition, yesterday said it was too early to tell whether or not the Labour Advisory Committee will be needed in future, adding it has been a powerful force to advocate for workers.

“We can’t say what should happen next until the draft law on the minimum wage is put into force,” he said.

Mr Samheng earlier said the draft law on the minimum wage must be sent to other government ministries, the Council of Ministers and the National Assembly before it is adopted.

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