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Cambodian Parliament rejects opposition-proposed draft law on minimum wages for civil servants, garment workers

PHNOM PENH, April 3 (Xinhua) — The National Assembly’s Commission on Economy on Wednesday rejected the opposition- proposed draft law on minimum wages for garment and state workers.

The rejection was made during the meeting between Cheam Yeap, chairman of the Parliament’s Commission on Economy, Finance, Banking, and Audit, and the opposition lawmakers led by Son Chhay.

The opposition group proposed the National Assembly to make a law to limit a monthly minimum wage of 150 U.S. dollars for garment workers and 250 U.S. dollars for civil servants and armed forces. “The Parliament’s commission decided to reject this proposed draft law, explaining that the proposed draft law is inappropriate for Cambodia’s real situation, and Cambodia holds a free-market regime, so the limitation of minimum wage is against this policy,” Sman Teath, vice-chairman of the Commission, told reporters after the meeting.

Currently, garment workers earn a minimum wage of 61 U.S. dollars a month, and after recent talks, the employers agreed to raise the minimum wage to 80 U.S. dollars from May onwards.

For the civil servants, wage is raised based on hierarchy. The minimum wage for lower-level workers is about 70 U.S. dollars a month.

Cambodian government has provided a 20 percent pay rise to civil servants and armed forces a year. However, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday that hike in wage for civil servants and garment workers would be tied to economic growth.


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