Cambodia's garment industry has yet to resume negotiations over minimum wages despite mass strikes last month.

It is understood that factory owners are instead busy recovering from the strikes, which are estimated to have cost the industry around US$15m.

"We have not set a date for any negotiations...any negotiations would have to be delayed due to the fact that we now have to concentrate our energy on getting things back to normal after the strikes," Ken Loo, secretary general of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), told just-style.

In addition, the GMAC has blamed the unions’ illegal strikes for the delay. "Had it not been for the strikes, we would have had the time to get ourselves repaired and start negotiations much earlier," Loo added.

The last discussions were held on 27 September, after clothing brands and the Cambodian government stepped in and people returned to work.