Foreign Workers Quarantine in Tents on the Rooftop 工廠宿舍頂樓搭帳棚 部分移工就地隔離

One factory in the Luzhu District of Taoyuan faces controversy after their foreign workers were reported quarantining in tents on the company rooftop. The company that hired them explained that these workers have requested themselves that they wanted to be quarantined this way so they don't get infected while staying in the dormitory.  


One factory in the Luzhu District of Taoyuan has recently been reported of quarantining foreign workers in separate tents on the rooftop of the company's office building instead of their dormitories. All their belongings were soaked after a big rain. The company explained that the foreign workers themselves had asked for a separate place for quarantine since they did not want to cross-infect with the others staying in the dorms.

Factory operator: “There are more than 20 (foreign workers) who have not tested positive for COVID-19 currently. We want to separate them from those who have been confirmed so they don't get infected. We tallied the number of workers who wish to stay in tents and bought the tents needed.”

42 foreign workers in total work for this die casting factory in Luzhu, Taoyuan. 25 tested positive and so far two have been released from quarantine. The company stressed that they have been following the government's pandemic prevention protocols all along. Two workers tested positive in the beginning, and all who have been in close contact with the two were placed under quarantine in their dorm rooms for three days. More workers turned out positive after doing another rapid tests after the three-day quarantine. The company said that some foreign workers proposed quarantining in tents on the rooftop so they went along with the idea and bought tents and basic living necessities for the workers.

Chen Chiu-men, Head, Cross-border Workforce Affairs Center, Dept. of Labor, Taoyuan: “We have now arranged for foreign workers to return to the dormitory after sending personnel to the dorms to make certain adjustments. We gave the company more specific guidelines on proper disinfection and allocating different time slots for the use of bathrooms.”

Taoyuan's Department of Labor said they have already convinced six to return to the dorms, but there are still 31 of them who are not willing to return. The department said they will assist the company in talking with each of them individually since staying in tents on the rooftop is not a good living environment either. 

 

 

 

 

桃園蘆竹傳出工廠有宿舍不用,在頂樓搭帳篷一人一室就地隔離移工,沒想到一場大雨,移工們的生活用品全部泡在水裡,引發爭議,公司喊冤沒有強迫,全是移工怕交叉感染確診,自願申請的。

桃市蘆竹區快速壓鑄工廠業者說:「他們(移工)還沒確診的也20幾位,想說要跟確診者分開,不要再被交叉感染到,我們做統計說,你們想要住帳篷的,公司出錢去幫你們買。」

蘆竹快速壓鑄工廠總共42位移工,25位確診、2位解隔,業者強調按照分艙分流指引,一開始只有2位移工確診,其他密切接觸者,在宿舍自主隔離3天期滿快篩,又陸續傳出多位確診,移工擔心宿舍隔離會受到感染,提出住在頂樓空地隔離想法,公司才購買帳棚、物資,免費提供移工使用。

桃市勞動局外勞事務科長陳秋媚表示:「經本局輔導進行宿舍調整,目前也陸續搬回宿舍內安置,並且督促公司做好宿舍的清消以及衛浴的分流。」

桃園市府勞動局表示,經勸說已經有6位下去宿舍住,目前頂樓還有31位移工不願意回宿舍住,已取得電話,請諮詢同仁一個一個問,也請雇主和仲介讓移工回歸正常,畢竟住頂樓不符合移工的生活照顧服務計畫。

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