Melco Resorts & Entertainment non-executive director Clarence Chung Yuk Man told reporters on Tuesday (6 July) that an earlier report about its staff being pressured to get vaccinated against Covid-19 was “totally not true”. He added that he did not know why such an allegation was made in the media when asked by reporters if there was misunderstanding between staff and management.
Last week some Melco workers alleged that the company had asked those who had yet to take the Covid-19 jabs to submit a certificate issued by public medical institutions proving they were unfit for taking the vaccines before 16 July. In addition, it has been alleged that Melco employees will not receive the annual bonus for this year if the company’s vaccination rate does not meet the set target of 75%.
These allegations have caught the attention of union leaders and government health officials, who insisted that all vaccinations should be voluntary.
In an email reply to an enquiry by GGRAsia, Melco said the annual bonus of non-management staff would not be linked to their vaccination status. However, it remains unclear whether management-level staff will have to satisfy the vaccination requirement before they can receive the annual bonus.