Cambodia Hikes Textile Workers' Minimum Wage

Cambodia on raised the minimum monthly wage for workers in its crucial textiles and footwear industry to $182, an increase of seven percent, with effect from January, 2019. 

The garment industry is Cambodia’s largest employer, generating $7 billion for the economy each year. Garment exports grew 16.1 percent in the first half over the corresponding 2017 period. 

The minimum wage for textile, garment and shoe workers for 2019 is set at $182 per month. The new wage takes effect from January 2019. The current minimum wage, at $170. 

The garment industry employs an estimated 700,000 Cambodians, helping to provide livelihoods in one of the world’s poorest countries. 

The new wage fell short of a proposal of $189 put forward by major unions.

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