Cambodia Unions Negotiate for USD 179.60 / month Minimum Wage for 2017

Garment factory workers protest in Phnom Penh in 2014 in an unsuccessful bid for a minimum wage of $177 a month. Unions this year will be pushing for a wage of $179.60.

The new figure, which was identified in a letter delivered to the ministry on Friday, represents a nearly 30 per cent increase from the current $140, which includes an additional $5 mandated by Prime Minister Hun Sen after last year’s negotiations had concluded.

“At US$140 per month, the 2016 minimum wage is slightly higher than the estimated wage required to meet the poverty line,” the ILO determined.