Draft Minimum Wage Law To Arrive Council of Ministers Soon

Draft minimum wage law will be sent for the review by the Council of Ministers shortly, said Minister of Labour and Vocational Training H.E. Ith Samheng when chairing a trilateral consultation session of the draft bill among key stakeholders here in Phnom Penh early this week.

Defining minimum wage with legal tool is a strong mechanism to ensure a minimum monthly salary package driven by scientific as well as social and economic criteria, underscored the labour minister.

The development of the law, he continued, is essential in order to respond to emerging ASEAN economic integration and competitions in national and international trades.

Once made into force, the law on minimum wage applied to all sectors is expected not only to promote decent livelihood among Cambodian workers, but also to attract investors, improve investment climate, promote work productivity and increase jobs.

With endorsement by the Council of Ministers, the draft law needs to go through the two-level legislatures of Cambodia, before the royal approval signature from His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni.

With strong attention by the Royal Government of Cambodia, minimum wage of workers have been increased from about US$30 in 1997 to US$170 in 2018.

Including other benefits, Cambodian workers particularly those in garment and footwear sector, can receive between US$187 to US$198 for their monthly package.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press