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Minimum wage up for ministerial discussion

Minimum wage up for ministerial discussion

An interministerial committee led by Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon will meet next month to discuss the recent minimum wage increase and subsequent fallout. Ministry of Labour spokesman Heng Sour yesterday told the Post that Prime Minister Hun Sen assigned Chhon to lead the meeting on minimum wage reform.

“Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon was assigned to be the head of a committee to research the minimum wage, and will lead the discussion at a meeting February 5,” Sour said in an interview yesterday.

In addition to members of the Ministry of Labour, attendees next month will also include representatives of the Council of Ministers, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Social Affairs and others, Sour said.

The meeting will take place just over a month after four people were killed supporting a garment worker strike, where workers demanded a minimum wage increase to $160 per month.

An official letter notifying officials of the meeting has not yet been sent, Sour said.

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