Embassy requests safety protection for Vietnamese workers

Dec. 5 --Viet Nam's Embassy in the United States has requested relevant offices of the U.S. Government to take emergency measures to protect the rights and safety of Vietnamese workers. The request was brought after local workers turned on Vietnamese employees at a Korean-owned garment company, Daewoosa, on the South Pacific island of American Samoa, causing serious injury to many Vietnamese workers.

Viet Nam's embassy had made direct contact with and proposals to the Department of State, the Department of Labor and the Governor of American Samoa and some U.S. Congressmen and that the U.S. departments concerned are conducting a join investigation of the case.

The American Samoan court on Dec. 5 began hearing the case brought by Vietnamese workers against their employer, who is accused of allowing local employees to beat them following a labour dispute on Nov. 28.

The conflict erupted mainly over wage arrears, which was contrary to labour contracts. The representatives of Viet Nam's concerned offices, including the Department for Management of Vietnamese Labour in Foreign Countries, are cooperating with relevant parties to handle the case.