Bình Phước’s laborers receive owed wages after lawsuit

Update: March, 05/2018 - 09:00
Labourers of Sang Hun Company yesterday received wages they were owed. - VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News

BÌNH PHƯỚC - Hundreds of labourers in southern Bình Phước Province fully received three months of wages owed by a South Korea-invested company yesterday.

Earlier the trade union of industrial parks in the province filed a lawsuit to the court against Sang Hun limited company for wages owed after its South Korean owner fled the country.

The labourers received cash worth nearly VNĐ4.9 billion (US$213,000) in total, including more than VNĐ1.8 billion ($78,200) in wages and over VNĐ3 billion ($130,400) in social, health and unemployment debts.

Most labourers have debts owed between July and September last year.

The average debt paid to the textile labourers was over VNĐ10 million ($435) for one person.

The highest owed wage received by an officer was more than VNĐ64 million ($2,800).

Hoàng Văn Trung, one of the company’s maintenance workers, told Việt Nam News Agency “I will use the wage to pay the debts I borrowed for my children’s tuition fee.”

Nguyễn Hồng Trà, president of Bình Phước Province’s trade union, said that this was the first successful lawsuit to ask for wage benefits of labourers.

He said that trade unions of enterprises should listen to labourers and report cases to the provincial trade union in order to take measures to ensure legitimate rights of labourers.

Đinh Văn Đức, a representative of the province’s Social Insurance Payment Agency said that the agency would instruct labourers to take health check-ups and follow procedures related to labour accidents to ensure their rights. The agency will also help Sang Hun company’s labourers address remaining problems related to social insurance.

Sang Hun Limited Company, which specialised in textile for export, started operations in March 2015 and ended operations in September 2017.

The company’s workers launched 15 protests against the company due to owed wages and social insurance payments.

On September 22, 2017, owner Lee Hong Sang returned to South Korea and was unable to be contacted. - VNS