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Pay a living wage 2012-2014

December 31, 2014

MSN participated in international campaigns for a living wage and in support of garment workers’ struggles in particular countries for a national minimum wage that would meet the basic needs of themselves and their families. Between 2012 and 2014, MSN collaborated with Central American partner organizations on studies of the growing gap between existing wages and the cost of living for garment workers in the four garment-producing countries in the region. MSN also produced a Global Survey of living wage campaigns and initiatives in other countries and regions and at the international level, which was used in workshops with Central American trade union and women’s organizations. The project was part of a global initiative involving the Clean Clothes Campaign and the Asia Floor Wage Alliance.

Some examples of this work:

December 19, 2014

Minimum wage increase inadequate, say Cambodian unions

In response to increased pressure from Cambodian independent unions, their international supporters, and even some major apparel brands, on November 12, the Cambodian government announced it will be raising the minimum wage for garment workers from US$100 to $128 a month on January 1, 2015.


October 21, 2014

Global Survey of Living Wage Initiatives

(September 2014) MSN's Global Survey of Living Wage Initiatives reviews a number of important studies, campaigns and initiatives to help achieve a living wage for garment workers in the global supply chains. The publication of this study was made possible by support from the European Union. It is part of a larger initiative that includes the Clean Clothes Campaign in Holland and the Asia Floor Wage Alliance.

September 19, 2014

Cambodian garment workers mobilize for $177/month minimum wage

On September 17, thousands of Cambodian garment workers took part in lunchtime protests organized by eight Cambodian unions at an estimated 139 factories around the country, demanding a $177 per month minimum wage.


March 7, 2014

International Women's Day: Security of Cambodian garment workers in jeopardy

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, an expected 30,000 garment workers, the vast majority of whom are women, will come together in Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park for a mass Forum on Labour Rights to continue their struggle for an increase in the minimum wage to US$160/month, trade union rights, and the release of 21 activists who have been held in jail since early January. Meanwhile, photos published in local newspapers just one day prior to the forum showed approximately 2,000 riot police preparing for tomorrow’s Forum.

February 12, 2014

Update on the situation of Cambodia garment workers

Much has happened in Cambodia since December of last year. A garment workers strike which began on December 24th was met with violent repression by military police leaving at least four people dead and injuring dozens of others. Since then, 23 people have been arrested with only two recently released on bail. The others remain in a notoriously isolated prison. 

February 11, 2014

Global Day of Action calls for release of 21 detained Cambodian workers

On February 10, trade union and human and labour rights organizations around the world staged demonstrations and delivered messages to Cambodian embassies calling for the release of 21 workers who are being detained for participating in a national strike for an increase in the minimum wage.

January 21, 2014

30 global brands call for investigation of deadly violence in Cambodia

Thirty major apparel brands, together with the global unions ITUC, IndustriALL and UNI, have signed a joint letter to Cambodia’s prime minister Hun Sen, calling on his government to launch a prompt and thorough investigation into violent events of January 2-3.

January 17, 2014

Support grows for Cambodian garment workers after violent government crackdown

Female garment worker at peaceful January rallySolidarity actions are taking place around the world in support of Cambodian garment workers who are facing government repression for taking part in a massive strike for an increased minimum wage. The workers currently receive some of the lowest wages in garment-producing countries around the world.

November 5, 2013

Living wage: A worker's right

Clean Clothes Campaign(photo: Clean Clothes Campaign)

A number of recent studies confirm that garment workers' wages are far below 
what they need to meet their basic needs.

November 5, 2013

Living wage: A worker's right

A number of recent studies confirm that garment workers' wages are far below
what they need to meet their basic needs.

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