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First batch of Vietnamese workers return from Algeria

Update: November, 16/2015 - 17:20
A representative of Viet Nam Embassy in Algeria meets the workers. – VNA/VNS Photo

ALGIERS (VNS) — Thirteen of the 49 Vietnamese workers in Algeria, who wished to return following a dispute with their Chinese employer there, flew home yesterday.

The repatriation of the workers was made under an agreement signed on November 1 between Simco Song Da, the company that sent the workers to Algeria, and the Chinese employer in that country, Dongyi Jiangsu Co. Ltd.

The workers boarded their flight yesterday and are expected to arrive at Ha Noi's Noi Bai International Airport at 6.05pm today.

The remaining 36 workers will return in two batches on November 18 and 20.

Dongyi Jiangsu Co. Ltd said it has completed administrative procedures in Algeria to bring the Vietnamese workers back as scheduled.

The seven workers who wish to stay on in Algeria will sign contracts to which new norms have been appended.

Simco Song Da has to pay US$1,700 per worker to compensate the Chinese firm for the repatriation of the workers. The amount is equal to what each Vietnamese worker has to pay his employer to end his contract early.

Vietnamese workers, contracted to work for Dongyi Jiangsu Co. Ltd on a construction site in Khenchela Province, which is more than 460km east of Algiers, called for help in early October after being beaten by their employer.

Under the contract, the workers were to be paid based on the working days and on a monthly basis. However, when the workers arrived in Algeria, the Chinese employer wanted to change the terms to piecework payment. The Vietnamese workers were assaulted by the Chinese employer on September 16, when they objected to the change. Two workers, Dau Hoang Anh and Dao Ngoc Cuong, were injured in the assault. — VNS

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