The Cambodian Labour Confederation will propose $211.94 as the new minimum wage for garment workers during this month’s negotiations. CLC made the announcement after a meeting between various unions which touched upon criteria that included cost of living, inflation, productivity, competitiveness and profitability. As per Far Sal, President, National Trade Union Coalition $211.94 is a reasonable figure to propose during negotiations as the figure leaves a lot of scope for compromise. The minimum wage for garment workers rose to $170 this year, about a 10 percent increase from $153 in 2017.
Prime Minister Hun Sen recently stated an unreasonable increase in minimum wage could drive companies to bankruptcy and out of the country. He had proposed increasing wages to $168.