PHNOM PENH, March 11 (Xinhua) -- The third round of negotiation between Cambodia's garment and footwear manufacturers and representatives of trade unions on minimum wage increase ended without result on Monday.
The talk between the employers represented by Nang Sothy, co- chair of the Government-Private Working Group on Industrial Relations, and Ken Loo, secretary general of Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC), and 10 representatives of the trade unions, was mediated by Om Mean, secretary of state at the Ministry of Labor.
"There was no progress in the talk today," Rong Chhun, president of Cambodian Confederation of Unions, told Xinhua by telephone.
"The trade unions insist on a monthly minimum wage of 100 U.S. dollars, while the employers said that they could increase by only 9 U.S. dollars from the existing wage of 61 U.S. dollars," he said.
Ken Loo said that GMAC could afford to offer the minimum wage of "only 70 U.S. dollars".
Meanwhile, Rong Chhun warned of a mass protest if their demand is not met by the end of this month.
Garment industry is Cambodia's largest foreign exchange earner. The sector comprises more than 300 factories, employing some 335, 400 workers, 91 percent of them are female.
The country exported garment and textile products worth 4.6 billion U.S. dollars last year, up 8 percent year-on-year, according to the commerce ministry.