Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Dates set for minimum wage raise discussion

Dates set for minimum wage raise discussion

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Garment factory workers leave their factory in Kakab II commune of Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district. Heng Chivoan

Dates set for minimum wage raise discussion

The National Council on Minimum Wage (NCMW) will hold a series of meetings from mid-September onwards to negotiate the 2022 minimum wage for workers in the textile, garment and footwear sectors.

In a statement issued on September 7, NCMW said it had held online discussions on the minimum wage and organisational structure of NCMW for the second mandate. It has selected Kim Chansamnang to serve as deputy chief to represent workers and Nang Sothy as deputy head to represent employers.

In addition, NCMW also presented key statistical updates on socio-economic criteria in the context of Covid-19 with stakeholders to form the basis for the 2022 minimum wage discussions.

The statement said that in the first meeting, NCMW received input from the representatives of employers and employees, and held another meeting to negotiate the minimum wage increase for workers.

“The next online meetings will be held at 9am on September 14, 21 and 28 at the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training at the request of and according to the situation of NCMW members,” the statement said.

Parties from trade unions on September 6 agreed to set $22.20, or an increase of 11.6 per cent, for the 2022 minimum wage negotiations.

However, the representative for employers claimed the amount would be impossible to meet and this proposed raise in the current environment would be detrimental to the economy, said Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia deputy secretary-general Kang Monica.

In 2021, the government raised the minimum wage for workers in the textile, garment and footwear sectors from $190 to $ 192 a month. The government said it approved the $2 increase to assist workers who had been suffering from the Covid-19 crisis.

MOST VIEWED

  • WHO: Covid in Cambodia goes into new phase

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia said that Cambodia has reached a new phase of the pandemic with “decreasing case numbers, high vaccination coverage and a more transmissible circulating variant threatening a hidden surge”. In a press release on September 6, the WHO said that

  • 'Pursue your goals, reach out to me': Young diplomat tapped as envoy to South Korea

    Chring Botum Rangsay was a secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation before being designated as the new Cambodian ambassador to South Korea. According to her official CV published on the foreign ministry’s website, she started her first government

  • International air visitor arrivals dip 93%

    The number of foreign tourists entering Cambodia through the Kingdom’s three international airports witnessed a sharp 92.5 per cent year-on-year decline in the first seven months of this year, according to the Ministry of Tourism. The airports handled 51,729 international tourists in the January-July period versus

  • School reopening ‘offers model for other sectors’

    World Health Organisation (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan said school reopening process should be used as a role model for reopening other sectors currently mothballed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Li strongly supports the government’s decision to reopen schools, saying it is a decision

  • Covid jab drive for 6-11 age group to begin Sept 17

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has permitted Covid-19 vaccinations for over 1.8 million children aged 6-11 across the country from September 17 in order for them to return to school after a long hiatus. Hun Sen also hinted that vaccinations for the 3-6 age group will follow in

  • Is Cambodia’s microfinance sector running its course?

    Economic growth and the strength of the banking system might have prompted a slow decline of the microfinance segment that has been raising a population ‘The MFI business model is over,” opined David Van, a Cambodian investment expert, recently. He felt that in a couple