Vietnam riots: Business returns to normal

Vietnam riots: Business returns to normal

Order has been restored in southern industrial parks and export processing zones as most businesses in HCM City and neighbouring provinces have resumed operations following riots led by extremists who incited workers to violate security regulations, the vice chairwoman of a provincial labour federation has said.

Truong Thi Bich Hanh, vice-chairwoman of Binh Duong Province's Labour Federation, said that more than 80 per cent of businesses in Binh Duong Province had resumed working as of late last week.

Seriously affected businesses like the Taiwanese Asama company in Song Than 2 Industrial Park, which makes bicycles, announced that it would reopen soon, she said.

According to districts' labour federations, as of yesterday, almost all businesses in HCM City, including businesses at 15 industrial parks and export processing zones in the city, had resumed operation.

Nguyen Van De, chairman of the labour federation of Binh Tan District, said all businesses in the district had reopened last Friday.

And Nguyen Thi Nguyet, chairwoman of the labour union of Cuong Tai Garment Company in Go Vap District, said, "Our workers are working hard to meet foreign orders. The company is now working every day except for Sunday. At first, the workers were concerned about the unrest, but they are no longer. At present, the company is recruiting 100 workers to meet the orders of the US and other export markets."

In Dong Nai, the labour federation of Dong Nai Province said 100 out of 165 businesses affected by the riots resumed operation on Sunday, and the rest yesterday, except for some seriously affected businesses that need more time to reopen.

Companies with a large number of workers such as Teakwang ViNa in Bien Hoa 2 Industrial Park (24,000 workers), ChangShin VN in Vinh Cuu District (23,000 workers) and PouChen VN in Hoa An Commune in Bien Hoa (23,000 workers), have all welcomed workers back.

Nguyen Van Thang, chairman of the labour union of Bien Hoa Industrial Park, said most businesses in Bien Hoa resumed operation last Friday.

Companies, most of which were Taiwanese, in Tam Phuoc Industrial Park, are now repairing factories to welcome workers back for work. These businesses were some of the most affected by the riots.

However, Ly Quang Dong, director of Song Than 2 Industrial Park in Di An Village in Binh Duong Province, said the park was the hardest-hit, with 53 businesses destroyed and 10 businesses set on fire. But 90 per cent of businesses had resumed operation as of yesterday.

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