3 May 2012

international workers' day

On May 1st we were privileged to join with thousands of Cambodian workers to celebrate International Workers' Day.  Interestingly, it was a holiday that originated in Chicago, but is no longer celebrated in the USA.  

The workers, from several unions in Cambodia and largely young women from the garment factories, were marching to present a petition to the government asking for the monthly minimum wage to be raised to a living wage of $131.  Yes, you read that correctly, $131 per month.  I know purchasing power parity is at play, but still that's less than my previous job in Canada paid per day.  Something about that just doesn't seem right.

I think their signs speak for themselves.

:: a decent wage for workers is the simplest form of justice::

international labor day 2012


Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Your mother gave me your blog. My son and team are leaving today from Texas to come to work in Cambodia. This is a joy for me to read your blog this morning and see the country my son will be in for the next two weeks.
Here is my blog and where they will be going

I will continue to read your blog