The Cambodian government has formed a new committee to look at raising minimum wages for workers in the apparel industry.

Ken Loo, secretary general of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), told just-style the working group will look at revising minimum wages. But he added the group has not yet met to clarify its duties and responsibilities, so it is too early to comment on what the likely outcome will be.

In Late August, the International Labour Organization's Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) programme said workers in the country were now being paid at least US$80 per month after a new minimum wage went into effect in May.

The new minimum wage consists of a US$14 increase to the previous minimum wage of US$61, as well as a US$5 health care allowance.

Probationary workers who undergo a trial period of between one to three months will receive US$75.

Local unions in Cambodia who took part in the wage negotiations earlier this year had called for a wage hike to between US$89 and US$150 a month.