The Labour Ministry has taken action against a brick factory in Kandal province after a nine-year-old labourer lost her arm as she was operating a brick-making machine.
In a statement on Monday, the Labour Ministry said upon hearing about the incident, ministry officials from the inspection department, along with National Social Security Fund and Kandal provincial labour officials, were deployed to inspect the site of the accident and take action against the factory.
“We fined the brick factory through Article 369 of the Labour Law and filed a complaint against its owner for using child labour,” it said, noting that NSSF officials helped the victim by providing medical treatment and physical rehabilitation.
“The ministry wants to remind those in the industry to know that they must comply with a directive issued in December 2007 regarding labour conditions and living standards within brick factories,” the statement added. “Employing a child under the age of 12 is illegal. Employing anyone under 18 without proper facilities is illegal.”
Ath Thorn, president of the Cambodian Labour Confederation, yesterday said he supports the ministry’s action against the brick factory.
Mr Thorn said the ministry should inspect all brick factories to ensure that children are not employed.
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