The southern province of Binh Duong pledges to ensure safety for foreign workers and investors, stabilise their production activities, and prevent any repeat of the recent illegal rallies which resulted in damage to enterprises, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Le Thanh Cung has said.

At a May 20 meeting with representatives from nearly 100 enterprises invested in by China and Taiwan (China) operating in the province, Cung said that up to 92.5 percent of local businesses had resumed their production by May 19.

The official revealed the damage caused by recent spontaneous disturbances, and called on foreign investors to set their mind at rest and continue their investment activities because the Government and relevant agencies have taken appropriate measures to handle the damage.

He also recommended that the affected businesses collaborate with national agencies to recover from the damage.

At the function, executive representatives from the affected foreign-invested businesses asked for assistance to repair the damage, in addition to support related to payments for workers, social insurance premiums and incorporate income tax.

Vo Thanh Duc, Director of the provincial Police Agency, said the local police will soon bring the lawbreakers who caused the problems to trial on charges of destroying and appropriating assets and resisting on-duty officials.

Duc advised enterprises, especially those from abroad, to be more active in protecting their assets and to quickly team up with local forces to handle any incidents.

In related news, almost 400 enterprises invested by China and Taiwan in southern Dong Nai province have decided to pay their workers for the days of May 14-16, although the labourers were allowed to be off on those days due to the worries about rallies and disturbances against China’s illegal placement of its drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou – 981 in Vietnam’s waters.-VNA