The Labour Ministry has issued a directive laying out working condition for domestic workers to protect their safety and prevent right abuse from homeowners while an official working with maids welcomed the move.
According to a five-paged directive signed on Tuesday by Labour Minister Ith Samheng and obtained on Wednesday by Khmer Times, it is implemented for all domestic workers but it does not comply with someone whose family send her to live with another family.
“The domestic workers must be 18 year old and up, but for the workers who are 15 year old and under 18 year old will be allowed to work as domestic workers with light work, in which it causes no accident or danger or affects their health,” Mr Samheng said.
He said that the homeowners have to permit their maids to take a Sunday off, but they can also take a different day off within a week in compliance with the agreement between a householder and a maid.
“The regulation of the Labor Ministry’s directive about national holiday with paid wage have to be implemented with domestic workers,” Mr Samheng said “Domestic workers working during national holidays have to be paid with 200 percent of their normal working day wage.”
Mr Samheng added that forced labour and debt bondage was prohibited.
The directive came after the houseowner in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district was arrested after neighbors reported her abuse of the girl, who had come from a poor family in Oddar Meanchey province’s Anlong Veng district since she was 12 year old until she is 16 year old now.
Von Samphous, president of the Cambodian Domestic Workers Network (CDWN), welcomed the ministry’s directive which regulated decent working condition for domestic workers that she was looking forwards to seeing for years.
“We are waiting to see such a directive for years until it finally comes out. We would like to say thanks to the Labor Ministry for making this directive come into shape,” Ms Samphous said.
She said that she could not comment now because she was waiting to see how the directive is being enforced.