Phnom Penh: President of Collective Union of Movement of Workers, Pav Sina, said that the negotiation of the minimum wage for workers in 2024 is as difficult as the negotiations held last year due to the bad situation of the global economy, especially the war between Russia and Ukraine, which has a negative impact on Cambodia, as well as all countries in the world.
"I can say that the wage increases this year was difficult than last year because of the bad situation between Russia and Ukraine, which has a negative impact on Cambodia, and this negative impact does not affect only Cambodia but also all around the world," he said. all countries are affected as well, so at this point, despite the difficulties, the union side is still continuing negotiations to have the best possible review of any level of wage increase for workers.”
The third wage negotiations of the National Minimum Wage Council, which took place on August 4, the union side proposed a wage figure for 2024 $215, and the employer side proposed only $201, while the government has not yet released the figures, with the National Minimum Wage Council holding its fourth meeting soon.
On the morning of September 4, 2023, the National Minimum Wage Council held its third meeting to discuss the increase in the minimum wage in textiles, garments, footwear and travel products and bags for 2024 under the chairmanship Heng Sour, Minister of Labor and Vocational Training.
In these three meetings, the representatives of the Royal Government also coordinated and provided additional explanations on the points that the representatives of the workers and the representatives of the employers had questions. As a result, workers 'representatives raised $ 215 and employers' representatives raised $201.
The meeting agreed to resume the discussion at 9:00 am on September 11, 2023. However, the National Minimum Wage Council will continue its meeting to decide on the minimum wage for textiles, garments, footwear and travel products and bags for 2024 to be completed before Pchum Ben, as recommended by Hun Manet, Prime Minister of Cambodia.