The Labour Ministry is reminding employers across the Kingdom to give workers four days off during the upcoming Pchum Ben holiday and provide salaries before it begins.
According to a statement issued by the ministry on Wednesday, the Pchum Ben holiday is September 27 to 30. Pchum Ben day itself is on the 28th.
It said company owners must pay their workers before the holiday begins.
“If company owners cannot pay the salaries on time, they have to give at least 50 percent of workers’ salaries in advance,” it said.
Ath Thorn, president of the Cambodian Labour Confederation, yesterday said many workers will be pleased to hear about the news.
“It is pleasing that enterprise owners will allow workers to be off for four days and receive their salaries before the festival,” Mr Thorn said. “It’s so that workers can go home with money to prepare for the festival.”
Additionally, Phnom Penh City Hall on Monday said in a statement that the authorities must educate the public on the importance of Pchum Ben day and the upcoming Kathen festival, which is to be held after the Pchum Ben holiday.
It noted that pagodas should pay respect to those who lost their lives during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime.
“All district administrators must educate participants, especially youths, so they understand the value of Pchum Ben,” it said. “Please ensure that there will not be any action that affects religion or cause accidents.”
It said the municipal department of information must work with the TV3 channel and its radio stations to educate people on the history of Pchum Ben day.
It also wants the outlets to disseminate information to the public on what is appropriate to wear and how to conduct themselves when visiting a pagoda.
General Neth Savoeun, chief of National Police, on Wednesday said in a statement that police officers across the Kingdom must ensure public order and facilitate traffic on major roads.
Gen Savoeun said the public must know how to avoid traffic accidents and what to do if there is a natural disaster.
“Please educate the people on how to take care of themselves during an unexpected natural disaster,” he said. “Security forces must quickly help victims when they are faced with floods, storms and other disasters.”