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PM says overseas workers' rights must be protected

Update: October, 27/2015 - 11:28
Caption: A corner of the Vietnamese overseas workers' living quarters in Algeria. After suffering different types of abuse by their Chinese employers, the workers wish to return home. Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung ordered the ministries of foreign affairs and labour, invalid and social affairs and other government agencies to take measures to protect Vietnamese workers in Algeria.

Vietnamese workers employed by Chinese construction company Dongyi Jiangsu Co. Ltd in Algeria were physically assaulted on September 19 by their employer over a wage dispute. Two workers, Dau Hoang Anh and Dao Ngoc Cuong, were badly injured and had to be hospitalised.

The workers pleaded for help on October 5. Besides being beaten up by their Chinese employer, they said they were also starved. The workers have expressed their wish to either return home or be moved to a different job.

MOLISA's Department of Overseas Labour and SIMCO Song Da, the labour export company responsible for sending these Vietnamese workers overseas, were told to continue negotiations with the Chinese employer to ensure the workers' rights were protected and to arrange for their return should they wish it.

In addition, other agencies that send workers abroad from Viet Nam were reminded that it is their responsibility to regularly inspect and report on Vietnamese overseas workers' working and living conditions.

These agencies must closely collaborate with Vietnamese embassies and other government agencies to look after and provide support to Vietnamese overseas workers. — VNS


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