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Apparel workers stipulate further hike in minimum wage
27
Jul '10
Hundreds of thousands of workers from the garment industry took benefit of their day off on Sunday and assembled near the National Assembly to protest against the recent hike in the minimum wages of industry workers, as according to them it was not enough.

The rally, which was actually lined up to take place at the Wat Botum Park in Daun Penh district, was repositioned to the National Assembly as some of the workers were stopped by the police from entering the park. Organizers say that around 3,500 to 4,500 participated in the rally but actually, the crowd congregating before the National Assembly did not exceed 1,000 at any point in time.

Earlier this month, the Labour Advisory Committee, a body made up of government officials and industry representatives choose to hike the minimum wage for industry workers to $61 that is just a raise of $5, which does not match the expectations of some of the workers' leaders who anticipating the same to be raised to $93.

The workers amassed to lay bare their determination as also to reveal to the government and their employers that they were not going to accept the nominal raise in the minimum wage, as it was not enough to maintain an apt standard of living.

Some of the labour leaders even prepared to forward a letter to the government officials and the employers urging them to carry out a fresh round of arbitration to further increase the minimum wage.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk - India

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