Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday that factory supervisors and managers must be fired if they curse at their workers.
Addressing a gathering of more than 13,000 workers in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district, Mr Hun Sen said he wanted to meet with team leaders, section heads, bureau chiefs and factory coordinators to make sure employees do not face verbal abuse.
“You can do anything, but you cannot insult workers. Their rights must be respected. People go to work for money, but they are not slaves for you to abuse,” he said.
“I want all factory managers to listen carefully: Cambodia is not a country where you can curse at those below you. All citizens have the same rights,” the premier said. “You must understand that even if you’re in a position of power, whether you’re a team leader, a governor or a minister, you cannot look down on workers.”
Mr Hun Sen added that he supported the sacking of any manager who cursed at their workers.
“We cannot have cursing in our factories. Factory owners must take action against those who abuse their workers.”
Far Saly, president of the National Trade Unions Coalition, said yesterday he supported the Prime Minister’s warning.
“There are better ways to handle a worker who made a mistake rather than just cursing at them,” Mr Saly said.
Mr Hun Sen also tackled the issue of road safety in yesterday’s address, asking relevant officials and truck drivers to pay more attention to avoid accidents involving workers.
His comments came after a truck carrying workers in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet town drove into a canal yesterday morning.
Bavet town traffic police chief Pol Somao said the right front tire of the truck exploded, causing the accident.
Workers jumped into the water to save their lives. No one was seriously injured.
The National Road Safety Committee released a report yesterday saying worker’s truck accidents occurred 26 times in the past year, killing four and injuring another 484.
The report said the majority of accidents involving trucks carrying workers occurred in Svay Rieng, Preah Sihanouk, Takeo, Kampong Chhang, Kampong Cham, Kampong Speu, Prey Veng and Kandal provinces.