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Productive workforce declining in Cambodia

Source: www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com
Date: March 23, 2015
Link: www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com
Author: Jasim Uddin Haroon

The labor-force participation in productive work in Cambodia is declining. This development is particularly worrying considering the still growing population size. This might mean that the working population has dropped or that a significant number of people have migrated for overseas jobs. Governmental actions are called for.

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Fake IDs Make Mockery of Factory Age Rules

Source: www.cambodiadaily.com
Date: March 21, 2015
Link: www.cambodiadaily.com
Author: Jamie Elliott and Mech Dara

On a dusty highway on the edge of this port city, thousands of young women and a few hundred young men block evening traffic as they stream out of the New Star Shoes factory.

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Low pay makes poor families relying on their children’s work: Fake IDs to unable children to work

Source: www.theguardian.com
Date: March 30, 2015
Link: www.theguardian.com
Author: Jamie Elliott

Children lied about their age by the use of fake ID’s in order to obtain a job in a factory and help their families, with factories turning a blind eye and hide those underage workers when visitors entered.

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Wages and working conditions closely linked in Cambodia

Source: www.dw.de
Date: March 12, 2015
Link: www.dw.de
Author: Gabriel Domínguez

Even though the minimum wage in Cambodia has increased, the root causes and problems were never detected and dealt with. Hence, workers within the garment industry are now facing new problems: worsening working conditions might be the result of this wage raise as factories look for other ways to cut costs.

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Labour market discrepancy in Guangdong: Good overall ratio of jobs but increasing mismatch between wanted and needed Jobs

Source: www.clb.org.hk
Date: March 19, 2015
Link: www.clb.org.hk
Author: CLB

Manufacturing is decreasing and many smaller enterprises find themselves in economic difficulties. Nevertheless, there are 400,000 more jobs available that the number of people looking for work. At the same time, with a growing sophisticated work force there is now a serious mismatch between the vacancies that need to be fulfilled and the job employees want to do. Workers are also discontent with wages and social security, and over 20 strikes and worker protests have already been recorded in the province.

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Gap increasing between Minimum wages at state level and federal level in US

Source: www.epi.org
Date: April 30, 2015
Link: www.epi.org
Author: David Cooper, Lawrence Mishel, and John Schmitt

As of January 1 2015, 29 states plus the District of Columbia, and thus 60 per cent of the U.S. workforce had minimum wages above the federal minimum of $7.25, pointing to the growing recognition that the federal minimum wage might no longer be an adequate wage floor.

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