Minimum Wage Wars: Time for a global minimum wage?

Activists and garment workers in Bangladesh protested demanded a minimum wage of 8,000 Bangladeshi Taka ($100) in Dhaka, November 8, 2013. The Bangladesh government raised the the minimum wage for garment workers by 80%, $72 per month. (Reuters/Andrew Biraj)

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Around the world, wages are not keeping up with the costs of living. Countries like Cambodia are finding workers protesting against low wages. With the globalization of capital, is it time for an international minimum wage?

Around the world, wages are not keeping up with the costs of living. In Cambodia, the government violently suppresses workers bringing their protests against low wages to the streets.

We went to a factory district on the outskirts of Phnom Penh to interview two garment workers. Phat Sinoum is 23 and Chal Sreynom is 34 years old. They make between $80 and $100 a month.

Cambodia joins many other countries facing rising worker protests. In november, in Bangladesh, the government raised the minimum wage for garment workers by 80%. It's now about $72 per month.

Jason Hickel is an economic anthropologist at the London School of Economics. He's watched the international demands for wage increases and believes it may be time for a global minimum wage. Jason Hickel was in our London studio.


What are your thoughts on a global mimimum wage?

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This special was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien, Kristin Nelson and Sujata Berry.



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