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Agreement on garment worker benefits reached
Mar '11
Within six months of the strike that jolted the garment sector in Cambodia, the employers, workers unions and government officials have reached an agreement to ensure increased benefits for workers of the Kingdom's highest-exporting sector.

The Ministry of Labour had set March 2011 as a deadline for the parties to reach an agreement.

The parties discussed and agreed on four points including that of overtime meal allowance of 2000 riels or US $0.50, seniority bonus of one dollar for each year of service at the factory up to 11 years and monthly attendance incentive of seven dollar. The agreement would retrospectively take effect from March 1, 2011.

The seniority bonus will be paid to the workers who have completed one year of service in the factory, and these workers will get a rise of one percent every year till the completion of 11th year of their service.

Ath Thorn, President of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union recently stated that, he casted his vote against the proposals, as they sought a monthly attendance incentive of nine dollars and that the seniority bonus should start at three dollar.

Last year, hundreds of thousands of garment workers walked protested on the streets, demonstrating against a July decision to raise minimum wage by five dollars to $61 per month, which they claimed as being insufficient.

Following the strike, many of the employers lodged legal complaints against the workers and as claimed by the worker's leaders, several workers who were then illegally barred from their jobs, have yet not been allowed to resume their jobs.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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