In July 2017, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) sent a letter to the Minister of Labour and vocational training in Cambodia to raise serious concerns about a draft minimum wage law under consideration by the Cambodian government.
Among other provisions, the new law would grant the National Minimum Wage Council the exclusive right to conduct research around minimum wage issues in Cambodia, seriously compromising efforts by brands, worker representatives, and non-governmental organizations like the FLA to pursue fair compensation for workers in Cambodia. In addition, the law does not allow for adequate representation of workers in any wage-setting processes that would be allowed to proceed, should the law be passed.
The FLA is calling for provisions to ensure input from workers, independent labor unions, and other representative bodies into minimum-wage setting processes, and for the removal of sanctions that would discourage or penalize unauthorized stakeholders from conducting research or expressing opinions about the minimum wage in Cambodia.
The FLA’s complete letter appears below.