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Extra work can lead to big rewards for workers

Dear Editor,

We refer to your article GMAC claims on true wages exaggerated (Friday, November 21).

We would like to reaffirm that our recent breakdown of actual wages earned in GMAC’s member factories that was published in some newspapers and posted on GMAC’s Facebook page is an accurate reflection of the wage earning possibilities for our workers.

Our statement aimed to inform the public about how much workers can earn with mandatory benefits and performance related bonuses as well as overtime pay. We wanted to highlight both the minimum amount that all workers earn and the higher amounts workers can earn if they work a full month including an overtime component. Of course, as in any industry, no extra wages are earned without extra work.

The Cambodia Daily on the same day ran an article where Jill Tucker of ILO BFC mentioned very clearly that the current average take home wage is $165. Doing the simple math based on the 28 per cent increase, the workers will already earn $211 ($165 x 1.28). Again, we would like to reiterate that the new minimum wage is just that – a minimum – and the opportunities for workers to earn more are very clearly available to our workers.

Kaing Monika
Deputy secretary-general of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia Phnom Penh

Send letters to: newsroom@phnompenhpost.com or PO Box 146, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Post reserves the right to edit letters to a shorter length.

The views expressed above are solely the author’s and do not reflect any positions taken by The Phnom Penh Post.

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