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Cambodia increases wages for garment workers following strikes

Published on Mar 22, 2013 6:21 PM
 
Cambodian workers walking toward to their factories on the outskirts of Phnom Pen on March 7, 2013. Cambodia has raised the minimum wage for its garment workers by 20 per cent, following a series of strikes over pay and conditions, but union leaders said on Friday, March 22, that it was not enough. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodia has raised the minimum wage for its garment workers by 20 per cent, following a series of strikes over pay and conditions, but union leaders said on Friday, March 22, that it was not enough.

The monthly minimum wage for the hundreds of thousands of workers who make clothes for firms such as Levi Strauss of the US and Sweden's H&M will rise from US$61 (S$76) to US$75, the government said.

Workers will also be given an additional US$5 a month for health-care, according to a government announcement on state-run television late on Thursday.

The increase will take effect from May 1, it added.

 
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