The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) warned that 80 percent of factories would be closed if union leaders still lead the protests, demanding the minimum wage of 160 USD per month, a local newspaper said on February 21.

“If labor union groups still lead protest to demand 160 USD per month for workers, the factory employers would not afford such demands, and 80 percent of the factories would be closed, while some would move to other countries,” The Cambodia Herald quoted Van Sou Ieng, GMAC’s President, as saying on February 20.

Sou Ieng’s warning came in response to the protest threats by union leaders who warned that they would hold nationwide strike starting from March 12, 2014 to demand 160 USD per month and release of the 21 detained protesters.

He said unreasonable demands would make the textile sector at risk because the factory employers cannot afford to pay too high wage.-VNA