The minimum wage for garment factory workers can only be raised if international clothing brands sourcing from Cambodia pay more for their products, a Ministry of Labor official said Tuesday. Khieu Savuth, chief of the Ministry of Labor’s labor conflict commission, laid down the challenge a day after Swedish retail giant H&M announced a push for countries they source from to instate a fair living wage by 2018. “Even if we tell the garment factories to raise the wage, if the buyers don’t raise the price, how can the factory pay for it?” Mr. Savuth asked. “Raising the
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