Binh Duong to give workers $35 million in aid after riots
VietNamNet Bridge – The Social Insurance Bureau of Binh Duong Province plans to spend VND700 billion (nearly $35 million) to support the tens of thousands of workers affected in the recent disturbances at its industrial zones.

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Workers in Binh Duong have returned to work.

On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Le Thanh Cung, the Binh Duong Chair, met with Korean Consul General Oh Jae Hack in Ho Chi Minh City, along with over 30 Korean businesses.

The two sides discussed support for affected firms, including Korean enterprises, to help them quickly recover their business and production. Measures to ensure security and order, and protection of foreign companies, were also on the table.

"The Government of Vietnam and Binh Duong Province will offer the optimal plans to assist damaged businesses and properly implement assistance policies for employees in the affected firms," Cung said.

Major General Vo Thanh Duc, director of Binh Duong’s Provincial Police Agency, apologized to Korean businesses on behalf of the province’s public safety agencies, especially the firms affected in the recent incidents. "Binh Duong Provincial Police Agency will continue to coordinate with the Ministry of Public Security to ensure security and order, and to protect the health and property of businesses," Duc said.

An official from the Provincial Social Insurance Bureau said his agency would spend about VND700 billion to help about 80,000 workers who were affected by the recent riots.

Mr. Oh Jae Hack showed his sympathy with Binh Duong authorities on the recent unfortunate incidents and hoped that Binh Duong would quickly resume and maintain stability and security and support the affected businesses to restore production.

Binh Duong police have arrested more than 1,000 extremists, troublemakers and thieves in the recent riots. 

Tran Cham

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