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Unions, GMAC at the table

Employer representatives and trade unions sat down across from each other for the first time yesterday for head-to-head negotiations over next year’s garment sector minimum wage, with factory owners reluctantly offering a small $2 increase to their earlier proposal of $144.20. ...

Lay Samean and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unions-gmac-table

Gov’t, GMAC meet over minimum wage

The Ministry of Labour yesterday met with the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, the industry trade group, to discuss the reasons behind the latter’s proposal of a $144 monthly minimum wage. ...

Lay Samean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-gmac-meet-over-minimum-wage

Employers want $144 min. Wage

Employers released their starting figure for the new minimum wage yesterday, saying in an open letter that they planned to enter tripartite negotiations with $144.20 per month as their goal for 2017. In a letter from the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) signed by secretary-general ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29504/employers-want--144-min--wage/

Unions will negotiate for a $180 minimum wage

A group of 17 union leaders will demand $179.60 when they sit down for the latest round of negotiations this week to determine the minimum wage in the garment sector, which employs more than 600,000 Cambodians. The monthly minimum wage is currently $140. The new figure ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/unions-will-negotiate-180-minimum-wage-117581/

Cambodia's factories improving, report finds

The latest Better Factories Cambodia report has found that 47 per cent of 381 assessed factories complied with its most important working conditions – up from 28 per cent in 2014. ...

Ananth Baliga and Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodias-factories-improving-report-finds

Minimum wage talks scheduled

The Ministry of Labor has instructed employers and unions in the country’s crucial garment sector to begin preparations for the next round of minimum wage negotiations. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/minimum-wage-talks-scheduled-113638/

Garment factory owners warn of falling productivity

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) claims falling productivity levels and rising infrastructure costs in the Kingdom’s garment sector could put the country at a disadvantage with its neighbouring competitors.   ...

Bun Sengkong and Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/garment-factory-owners-warn-falling-productivity

Pressure mounts on garment industry

Falling productivity and rising infrastructure costs are putting Cambodia’s garment industry at a disadvantage as it tries to compete with rivals Vietnam, Bangladesh and Myanmar, a leading union said yesterday.   ...

May Kunmakara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/25317/pressure-mounts-on-garment-industry/

Factories failing women: study

Despite their overwhelmingly female workforce, garment factories in Kompong Speu province fail to adequately address the maternal health and child-care needs of their staff, according to new study set to be released by the French NGO Enfants and Developpment. ...

Taylor O'Connell
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/factories-failing-women-study-108780/

Rice, garment sectors push exports into record territory

Cambodian exports grew by 17 per cent last year, driven by increases in shipments of rice and footwear, with garment export growth easing to a little under 7 per cent, according to a new Ministry of Commerce report. ...

Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/rice-garment-sectors-push-exports-record-territory

Garment sector minimum wage raised to $140

The government set the new monthly minimum wage for the country’s multibillion-dollar garment industry at $140 Thursday—up from $128—after months of tough negotiations that failed to bring employers and unions even close to a consensus. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/garment-sector-minimum-wage-raised-to-140-97018/

Minimum wage should fall not rise: GMAC

With the fight over the minimum wage hike for the garment and footwear industry coming to a head, factory owners are already digging in their heels, saying any increase in the $128 a month wage could seriously damage an industry that is facing rising competition ...

Chea Takihiro
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/16269/minimum-wage-should-fall-not-rise--gmac/

Union Law worries garment sector investors from Hong Kong

A visiting delegation from the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, which handles tens of billions of dollars in regional investment, says it raised concerns about the low threshold for forming unions in a pending new law during meetings with government officials Monday. ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/business/union-law-worries-garment-sector-investors-from-hong-kong-91376/

ILO hopes to inform wage talks with new quarterly bulletin

In the inaugural issue of its bulletin on Cambodia’s $5.8-billion garment industry, the International Labor Organization said Thursday that business remained strong on the back of rising exports despite a 28-percent hike to the sector’s minimum wage in January. ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ilo-hopes-to-inform-wage-talks-with-new-quarterly-bulletin-88706/

Government announces start of garment sector wage talks

The Labor Ministry on Friday announced that formal negotiations to set a new minimum wage for the country’s all-important garment sector—now at $128 a month—will begin in July, reviving the same schedule for talks it used with unions and employers for the first time last ...

Mech Dara
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/government-announces-start-of-garment-sector-wage-talks-85550/

Cambodia to discuss garment sector wages next week

A Cambodia government-appointed Labour Advisory Committee (LAC) may decide on a new minimum monthly wage for garment sector workers when it meets next week, just-style has been told. The committee is due to meet on Wednesday (12 November), when it will discuss whether to increase the ...

Poorna Rodrigo
http://www.just-style.com/news/cambodia-to-discuss-garment-sector-wages-next-week_id123496.aspx

Garment wage talks fall apart

The tripartite working group set up to negotiate and advise the Ministry of Labour’s Labour Advisory Committee (LAC) on next year’s minimum wage in Cambodia’s garment sector has stopped meeting after reaching a stalemate. Made up of 27 members – nine each from employers, the government ...

Sean Teehan and Mom Kunthear
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/garment-wage-talks-fall-apart

Wage decision delayed

Minister of Labour Ith Sam Heng yesterday postponed his ministry’s Labour Advisory Committee’s decision on Cambodia’s garment sector minimum wage from Friday until next month, leaving some optimistic and others dubious. In the original schedule, the minimum wage for 2015 was slated to be set in ...

Sean Teehan and Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/wage-decision-delayed

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