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September 22, 2022

Cambodia’s garment workers secure minimum wage increase

A minimum wage increase has been agreed for Cambodia’s garment, footwear and textile workers.

By Michelle Russell

Cambodia’s minimum wage will increase to US$200 per month following months of negotiations between trade unions, the government and garment factory owners.

The minimum wage is an increase of $6. Cambodia’s trade unions had been seeking a minimum wage of US$215 while factory employers were suggesting it remained at $194.

The government raised the minimum wage to $194 per month earlier this year, from $192, raising concerns within the industry as Covid-19 delivered a turbulent year for the key apparel sourcing hub.

In an update today (21 September), the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) confirmed the wage increase will take effect from January 2023.

In August, negotiations were put on hold after an agreement could not be reached.

Kaing Monika, deputy secretary-general of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), was reported as saying the body was concerned about the export situation for the second half of the year given the unstable global situation and the possibility of an economic downturn, mostly in the West, which is Cambodia’s main garment export market.

The situation, Monika added, according to the report, “is unfavourable” to both parties and while factory owners want to support worker livelihoods they must also remain competitive.

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