Phnom Penh: The Ministry of Labor has begun research on the living conditions and impact of 19 cases of Kovid disease in workers in the textile, garment and footwear sectors before the start. Negotiate the minimum wage for 2021. Employers 'representatives and employers' representatives have different expectations.

The Ministry of Labor on Sunday informed the owners or directors of enterprises, establishments and workers in the textile, garment and footwear sectors, as well as relevant authorities. Research on living conditions and the effects of Kovid 19 on workers in these areas.

This research was conducted by the General Secretariat of the National Council for Minimum Wages, which was conducted from July 17 to 31 on Samples of randomly selected workers in the capitals and provinces. The Ministry of Labor shall notify the owner or director of the enterprise and the relevant authorities and request for cooperation with the interview staff of the General Secretariat of the National Council for Minimum Wages. In this survey.

Heng Sour, a spokesman for the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, said yesterday: “It is done every year when wages are negotiated for Members of the National Salary Council.

Pav Sina, president of the Cambodian Workers' Movement Union, said that every year there are three separate studies for this sector. Formed by the factory representatives, the Ministry of Labor, and the unions, which represent the workers.

He added that the impact of Kovid 19 on workers was already strong, causing some of his benefits to be lost. At the same time, there was unemployment, suspension, termination of employment contracts and closure of some factories. The union side will have a research team to research the lives of workers soon.

Mr. Sina continues to call for an increase in workers' wages, as they do every year. “If we look at the people who come to do business in Cambodia, they have been in business for many years and some for 20 years,” he said. In 15 years, some buildings were first opened and expanded to five, some from one location to two or three locations. "So I think if he loses, he will not be able to expand his business."

"So I think the impact on workers is very serious," he said. If we do not think about the impact on his life and only on the impact on the employer, we seem to see that the employer is motivated. At the highest level, the benefits of the workers who receive less are reduced. If we do not consider the lives of workers, it makes their health more difficult.

Last month, the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia [GMAC] asked the Ministry of Labor to postpone the minimum wage negotiations for 2021 in the garment sector. The sector is vulnerable to the Kovid 19 crisis. GMAC has asked the ministry to implement the minimum wage for 2021, the same as for 2020.

However, GMAC Deputy Secretary-General Kaing Monica said yesterday that GMAC would normally participate in the annual minimum wage talks. This discussion will be based on two criteria: social and economic criteria.

He said the annual wage discussion was aimed at reviewing the minimum wage and did not mean that there should be a pay rise. Every year. The minimum wage can rise or fall depending on social and economic criteria. Social criteria will look at family status, cost of living, and inflation. As for economic criteria, it is necessary to look at the level of productivity, whether there is positive or negative growth.

Economic criteria also examine Cambodia's competitiveness, including electricity prices, holidays, logistics costs, product launches, Favors and free trade agreements and other relevant points. The study also looks at the profitability of the sector and the employment rate of the sector. According to Mr. Monica.

"For the GMAC survey, we focus on economic factors, we look at productivity, the competitiveness of the country, the level of competition. Sectors and impacts on the labor market. As for the social impact, we do not do much study because we refer to the figures of the National Institute of Statistics.

"If we just look at the current situation, Cambodia and the whole world are under the Kovid crisis," he said. 19 If we study the economic criteria, we can easily understand that we will not be able to raise wages. No, ”he said.