Transport firms owe employees $31 million wages, premiums

Many businesses in the transport industry owed employees VND700 billion (US$31 million) in wages and social insurance premiums and letting thousands of workers short of work last year, reported the Ministry of Transport on January 11.

Workers’ average income in the field reached VND6.2 million a month, up 6 percent compared to the previous year.
By the end of November, unpaid wages of the entire industry was VND289.9 billion ($12.85 million) while health and unemployment premium debts topped VND442 billion ($18.7 million). Over 3,000 workers were short of work at their companies.
This situation mainly occurred in companies falling in difficulties for many years or waiting for procedures to go bankruptcy.
Among them are member companies under Vietnam National Shipping Lines and Shipbuilding Industry Corporation with VND1,700 workers short of work, VND130.5 billion ($5.78 million) unpaid wages and VND160 billion ($7.09 million) premium debt.
In addition, many businesses have not closed insurance books for workers causing long lasting complaints.

By Bich Quyen – Translated by Hai Mien

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