The Cambodian Confederation of Unions (CCU) urged all apartment landlords to not increase their rent because garment and footwear employees get only a basic salary of $80 per month. A statement issued Monday said the wage increase from $61 per month to $80 will be implemented in late May, asking the landlords nearby the factories not to raise their rent due to the increase. … Currently around 500,000 workers are employed in 500 different garment and shoe factories around the country. Cambodia textile exports in the first quarter of 2013 reached $1.34 billion compared to $1.14 billion in the same period last year. Last year, the country’s garment exports were worth $4.6 billion.