A representative of the Vietnamese Embassy meets with assaulted Vietnamese workers (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - The Vietnamese Embassy in Algeria is working closely the companies involving in the Chinese employer’s assault on Vietnamese workers to deal with unsettled issues relating to right and legitimate interests, said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh.

The issues pertaining to piecework, payment, and workplace are being discussed with SimCo Song Da – the firm that sent the workers to Algeria – and the Chinese employer - Dongyi Jiangsu Co. Ltd in Algeria , he said during a regular press conference on November 12.

The injured from the assault have been discharged from hospital, with medical cost paid by the employer, while five other workers will be sent to work in other construction sites, Binh said.

In early October, 55 Vietnamese workers contracted to work for Dongyi Jiangsu Co. Ltd in Algeria called for help after being beaten by their employer.

Under the contract, the workers should be paid based on working days and on a monthly basis. However, when they arrived in Algeria , the Chinese employer wanted to change piecework payment.

After the Vietnamese workers objected to the change, they were assaulted by the Chinese employer on September 16. Two workers, Dau Hoang Anh and Dao Ngoc Cuong, were injured during the assault.

After the dispute, 49 workers wanted to return home, while the remainder said they will stay to work.

The first group of the Vietnamese workers will fly home on November 15 and the remaining 36 workers will be brought back to Vietnam on November 18 and 20.-VNA