Mainland construction workers that staged protest will return to Zhuhai – Labour bureau

The non-resident construction workers who staged a protest yesterday evening have agreed to return to mainland China and pay for the quarantine costs at their own expense, the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) indicated in an announcement today (Thursday).

Over 200 non-resident construction workers from a construction site in Cotai staged a protest yesterday evening to demand their employer to settle their quarantine costs in Mainland China.

According to photos and videos circulated online, a group of people was seen crossing Governador Nobre de Carvalho Bridge from Taipa to Macau on yesterday evening and gathering at Comendador Ho Yin Park in the vicinity of the headquarters of the Central People’s Government Liaison Office in Macau.

The DSAL indicated today that after investigation, the employer has notified the non-local employees involved to terminate the labor contract after the expiration date on June 30, with paying compensation and return fee to the employees in accordance with the law.

No harmful actions on the rights and interests of the non-local workers were found at the time being, the DSAL stressed in the statement.

The statement also noted that the DSAL has arranged the involved construction workers to go back to the Chinese mainland and start the quarantine at their own expense, after coordinating with relevant mainland departments through the Chinese Employment Agencies Association (Macau).

In light of the community Covid-19 outbreak in Macau since Sunday, the Zhuhai authorities have stepped up the restrictions for people entering Zhuhai from Macau.

Zhuhai unveiled yesterday that all people entering Zhuhai from Macau must undergo seven days of quarantine at designated locations and seven days of home quarantine, and they have to pay for the costs arising from the isolation.

According to the Law for the Employment of Non-Resident Workers, settling the costs of quarantine for the staff is not one of the obligations of employers, the statement added.