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Vietnamese workers to be brought back from Algeria

Update: November, 02/2015 - 09:33
Simco Song Da, a company that sent a group of 55 Vietnamese workers to Algeria to work for a Chinese company, said it was trying to bring back employees who want to return home as soon as possible following their company's assault on them two months ago. — VNA Photo

ALGIERS (VNS) — Simco Song Da, a company that sent a group of 55 Vietnamese workers to Algeria to work for a Chinese company, said it was trying to bring back employees who want to return home as soon as possible following their company's assault on them two months ago.

The Chinese employer is completing procedures for the workers, Nguyen Ngoc Thach, Deputy Director of Simco Song Da, told Vietnam News Agency correspondents in Algiers on Saturday.

However, Vietnamese workers employed at the Chinese Dongyi Jiangsu Co. Ltd in Algeria who want to return home must pay US$1,700 to end their contract ahead of schedule, he said, adding the Chinese employer and Simco Song Da Company reached the amount after two days of negotiation, said Thach.

Simco Song Da would spend $2,500 in advance to help the returnees pay for the compensation and air tickets, he said.

Five Vietnamese employees who wanted to stay and work for the Chinese company would be allowed to sign other labour contracts, he noted.

On Saturday, Thach visited 16 Vietnamese workers at the Ain Defla construction site, about 250km south of Algiers, the capital. The workers were sent to another of the contractor's construction sites in Ain Defla after two were beaten on September 16.

Thach assured the workers that the incident would not repeat itself and pledged to support those who wanted to return home.

Vietnamese workers in Algeria called for help after being beaten by their employer, Dongyi Jiangsu Co. Ltd, on October 5.

According to them, the work contract they signed with the employer regulated that they were paid monthly. However, when working in Algeria, they were paid inconsistantly. After objecting, they and others were assaulted on September 16. Dau Hoang Anh and Dao Ngoc Cuong suffered the most serious injuries. — VNS

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