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Cambodia: The Ministry of Labour fines a brick kiln for using child labour after inspection

Author: Long Kimmarita, The Phnom Penh Post, Published on: 14 September 2019

"Brick kiln is fined $1,250 for exploiting child labour", 11 September 2019

A Kandal province brick kiln was fined five million riel ($1,250) for using child labour, after some 100 such facilities were inspected as part of an ongoing check into illegal practices in the industry.

Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training working groups carrying out the inspections also banned the dangerous working conditions found at several other locations…

Veng Hieng, the director of the Child Labour Department at the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training who leads the working groups, told … that checks on brick kilns are being carried out nationwide…

“Any facility found to seriously breach the law will be fined. So far, we have imposed a fine of five million riel on a brick kiln in Kandal province that was found to be using child labour. This was not found at other locations, but some were banned due to their dangerous working conditions,” Hieng said.

There are around 400 brick kilns in the Kingdom employing between 5,000 and 6,000 workers, most of which are in Phnom Penh and Kandal province. Some 31 per cent of them use modern technology, he said.

Brick kiln owner Soeurng Rany, who employs 20 people in Oddar Meanchey province’s Samrong town, said she was not concerned about being inspected, and insisted that her facility met all technical standards and the law.

… Am Sam Ath, the monitoring manager for rights group Licadho, applauded the inspection of brick kilns and said it was something his organisation had been calling for…

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