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Unions to stage massive ‘May Day’ wage rally

Unions to stage massive ‘May Day’ wage rally

On may 1, International Labour Day, four unions will lead about 20,000 garment workers in a rally to ask for a further minimum wage increase to $100 and other improvements in working conditions, Ath Thorn, president of the Cambodian Labour Confederation, said yesterday.

Workers will march from Olympic Stadium to the National Assembly, and unlike in past years, Thorn said, the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, National Independent Federation Textile Union of Cambodia and Collective Union of Movement of Workers were co-ordinating with the CLC to speak with “one voice”.

The unions had informed the Phnom Penh Municipal Hall of their plans but had not yet received a response, he said, adding that the rally would take place whether or not city officials gave their permission. City hall officials could not be reached for comment.

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