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Big brands must act on Cambodia's pay crisis

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The protests of Cambodian garment workers which ended in a fatal clash with police early this month highlight the plight of workers who make a significant contribution to the country's economic success. 

The protesters, whose demonstrations bolstered efforts by the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party to challenge prime minister Hun Sen, were demanding an increase in the minimum wage _ which is now US$95 per month (about 3,100 baht) _ to $160.

The demand of another $65 per month to the wage has been turned down by the Hun Sen government and the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC). In 2010, the minimum wage was $50 per month.

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