Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘Quarantine or be fired’



‘Quarantine or be fired’

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The garment workers leave from a factory in Phnom Penh's Russey Keo district, April 8, 2020. Hong Menea

‘Quarantine or be fired’

In its latest measure to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the Kingdom, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has ordered all factory owners in Phnom Penh and the provinces to make a list of employees who took leave and returned to work despite the ban on travel between provinces and Khmer New Year holidays being postponed.

The list must be submitted to a labour inspector daily and the workers quarantined for 14 days.

In a stern warning to comply with the order, the ministry said employees who fail to comply could be fired without any compensation from their employer.

The order applies to all factories, enterprises and institutions, and is based on the Ministry of Health’s recommendation that all workers who took leave during the Khmer New Year to return to their hometowns be quarantined.

All employees and their employers in Phnom Penh and the provinces must abide by the order, it said.

It said if employees cannot self-isolate in their homes, due to protests from roommates or homeowners, they need to notify the ministry so it can prepare a place for them to complete their quarantine.

The ministry said employers are not obligated to pay employees undergoing quarantine if they took leave without permission.

However, if employees had permission to take leave, they are entitled to a payment equal to seven days’ wages during their quarantine.

Employees who took unpermitted leave because of special conditions such as childbirth or the passing of a close relative are entitled to full pay while in quarantine.

During quarantine, employees must contact their employer’s administration every day at 8am to report their health condition.

When employees complete quarantine, they will receive a letter from the authorities to be presented to their administration.

Once they are approved to work, they must wear masks in the workplace, which will be provided by their employer.

The ministry said: “Any worker who does not comply with the quarantine measures or violates the above measures and causes fear among other workers can be forced to resign without receiving any payment of benefits from the employer,” it said.

Last week, authorities confirmed more than 15,000 employees in Phnom Penh had taken leave during Khmer New Year.

Free Trade Union of Workers of Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC) president Man Senghak believes requiring employees to self-isolate for 14 days is a penalty.

Senghak said workers who took leave during Khmer New Year should go through medical checkups and be allowed to work normally if they show no symptoms. Only those who are suspected of showing symptoms should be isolated, he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen says Kingdom not a 'satellite country'

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said Cambodia had sent diplomatic notes to various embassies demonstrating its stance and clarifying allegations that the Kingdom is a satellite country of China which will allow it exclusive access to the Ream Naval Base in Preah Sihanouk province. The response

  • Vast Prince Manor fun park opens to much fanfare in Kandal

    Chinese-owned Prince Culture and Development Co Ltd officially launched the $85 million Prince Manor entertainment centre in Kandal province on Wednesday. Prince Manor is located along National Road 1, 20km from the centre of Phnom Penh. It is the first major theme park project in Cambodia and

  • Angkor provides ‘valuable’ water storage

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) has stored millions of cubic metres of water at reservoirs in the Angkor area after Cambodia experienced a series of rainstorms over the last few days. The storing of the water, besides serving temple conservation, will also be used to

  • Floods prompt evacuations in Kampong Speu

    Rain-induced floods and water flowing from Kampong Speu province have submerged the houses of 1,527 families living close to the Prek Thnot River in Spean Thma, Tien, Kong Noy and Roluos communes in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district, according to data from local authorities. Spean Thma

  • Serving coffee with a side of robots

    The eye-catching glass building surrounded by greenery at the intersection of Streets 371 and 2002 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district is more than just another coffee shop where you can while away a few hours. UrHobby House cafe is filled with robots and characters from

  • Cintri strike ends, workers’ contracts to be terminated

    CINTRI (Cambodia) Ltd rubbish collectors who have been on strike for the past 13 days agreed to return to work starting Wednesday evening after the company agreed to terminate their contracts at the end of January next year and provide seniority payments and other benefits to