Lao Factory Owners Say Proposed Wage Hike Will Shutter Businesses

Owners of garment factories and other businesses in Laos are rejecting a proposal to raise the minimum wage by as much as one-third, saying the increase in expenses would force them to shut down operations, despite reports of workers seeking opportunities elsewhere due to low pay and high living costs.

[…]The minimum wage in Laos is significantly lower than that paid to workers in regional neighbors Myanmar, Cambodia, and Thailand.

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