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2,400 Hai Phong Workers Asked to Return to Work After Taiwanese Factory Owners Flee

Kai Yang, a Taiwanese footwear company, has promised to pay the salaries of over 2,400 workers and invited them to resume work after the former executives disappeared. 

According to Nguoi Lao Dong, a report on the government's website said that new Head Executive of Kai Yang Jenny Koo and her partners pledged that they will pay half of the workers' July salary this week, and the rest by the end of August.

Over 2,000 employees expressed their support for the new executives and are willing to return to work beginning August 20 and work overtime to complete the company's shipments.

On the morning of August 12, over 2,400 workers came to the factory and were baffled to learn that their boss, Huang Shang Che, and 17 colleagues had left the country without any notice the day before. At that time, the staff had not received their July salary, while the company had not made social insurance payments since May or paid trade union fees since March.

Thousands of employees then gathered at Kai Yang's factory in Hai Phong for three consecutive days until August 14 in scorching heat waiting for an announcement from the company, according to the news source.

VnExpress reported that each worker's basic salary was VND3.74 million (US$161) per month. However, they complained that they have not received adequate bonuses or good working benefits.

Kai Yang is 100% owned by Taiwanese investors and has operated since 2005. Hundreds of employees carried out a strike and demanded better pay and food from the company in April 2016.

The People's Committee of Hai Phong, along with other committees, said that they will work with the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor and businesses in order to find immediate solutions and to improve work benefits for workers, as reported by Nguoi Lao Dong.

[Photo by An Dang via Vietnam+]

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