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National Assembly to Debate Salary Reduction

The National Assembly is set to debate an amendment to the labor law that would greatly reduce the night wages of factory workers, in one of the country's most volatile industries.

The amendment seeks to lower the wage from twice the amount of day work to just 30 percent above, potentially sparking widespread reprisals from disgruntled garment workers. The amendment was already approved by a lower committee and will move to the floor for debate.

Chea Mony, leader of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia, a large union, warned that if the Assembly adopts the amendment, the union will stage a massive strike. He called the wage reduction amendment "brainless."

Opposition lawmaker Keo Remy said he was against the amendment and would work to stop it.