Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh has asked the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to continue instructing localities to assist workers who had to stop working due to recent social disorders.

The workers will receive wages during their days-off between May 12 and July 1, the day before those enterprises are scheduled to resume their normal operation.

The payment is equivalent to the wage level agreed upon by affected enterprises and labourers or their representatives, but not below the minimum level prescribed by the Government. The expense used to pay workers would be deducted from corporate income tax later.

The disturbances in some localities, including central Ha Tinh and southern Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces, erupted during workers’ rallies against China’s illegal placement of its oil rig Haiyang Shiyou – 981 in Vietnam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone from early May.

Some extremists incited others to destroy the property of foreign firms, as well as some national businesses and individuals, and acted against law enforcement officials, disrupting social order and business activities.

Authorities have arrested and brought to trial hundreds of rioters.-VNA