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Textile industry minimum wage now $200

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Garment workers leave their factory after work in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district. Heng Chivoan

Textile industry minimum wage now $200

The official minimum wage for workers in textile-related sectors including garment, footwear, and travel goods for 2023 was pegged at $198, with Prime Minister Hun Sen stepping in to add $2 to the total, making it $200 per month.

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training made the announcement on the morning of September 21, following a final tripartite vote on four options: $198, $206, $210, and $213.

The $198 option garnered the majority of the vote at 46, followed by the $213 option at five.

“The mininum wage has been decided on at $200 for 2023. The meeting voted $198, and Samdech [Hun Sen] added $2, making it $200,” said Pav Sina, president of Collective union of movement of workers (CUMW) who participated in the voting.

The minimum wage in 2022 was $194, also including $2 from Hun Sen.

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