24 Nov '11, 2pm

Cambodia ups garment worker pay after fainting spells

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodian garment workers on Thursday cautiously welcomed the announcement of a US$5 (S$6.50) monthly pay increase following a spate of mass faintings in textile factories. The current minimum wage for the country's garment employees is US$61 a month, but with overtime most manage to take home around US$90 to US$100, according to the International Labour Organisation, a United Nations agency. The rise, to be paid by employers in return for the government delaying a planned tax on factory profits, will come into effect from January, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday, adding that the extra money could be used to keep workers healthy. 'We are very happy about this. It will help improve our livelihoods,' worker Keo Rany told AFP as she left a factory in the Cambodian capital after her shift.

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