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Over 10,000 footwear workers lose jobs before Tet
Thursday,  1/31/2019, 14:11 

Over 10,000 footwear workers lose jobs before Tet

The Saigon Times Daily

Workers at a plant of My Phong Leather Shoes Co., Ltd - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – My Phong Leather Shoes Co., Ltd, a wholly Taiwanese-owned enterprise in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh, on January 30 announced to lay off 10,142 workers right before the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday due to export difficulties, the local media reported.

These workers would have to stop working from the beginning of February this year. According to the company, its U.S. partner has gone bankrupt, affecting nearly 70% of its export volume.

As soon as getting the news, the Tra Vinh government has set up working teams to deal with the case, guaranteeing the rights and interests of laborers.

Thach Thi Thu Ha, chairwoman of the Tra Vinh Labor Confederation, said that after a working session, the company’s management board has agreed to ensure the employees’ rights before they are laid off.

Accordingly, the fired workers would be offered Tet bonuses and salaries for January and February. They will be also instructed to claim social and unemployment allowances.

In addition, the confederation has worked with the local job centers as well as the management boards of industrial parks and economic zones in the province to help these workers get new jobs. For example, Long Duc Industrial Park currently needs some 6,000 workers.

According to leaders of the province's social insurance agency, it is willing to help workers of My Phong Leather Shoes Co., Ltd receive their benefits in line with the law.

My Phong Leather Shoes Co., Ltd, which was established in 2005, mainly produces women's shoes for export to Europe and the U.S. The company has three plants in Tra Cu and Tieu Can districts with more than 19,000 workers, well below 28,000 workers the company employed in previous years.

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