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Ho Chi Minh City seeks jobs for biggest employer’s 2,500 laid-off workers

Ho Chi Minh City seeks jobs for biggest employer’s 2,500 laid-off workers

Saturday, February 25, 2023, 13:30 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City seeks jobs for biggest employer’s 2,500 laid-off workers
Employees of PouYuen Vietnam Co. Ltd. in Ho Chi Minh City are at work. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has worked with 15 enterprises in the same sector with Taiwanese-invested shoemaker PouYuen Vietnam Co. Ltd., the largest employer in the city, to find jobs for some 2,500 workers who will be laid off by the company this month.

At a press conference on the city’s socio-economic performance held on Thursday afternoon, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Van Lam said the department had worked with PouYuen Vietnam Co. Ltd. located in Binh Tan District about its plan to fire 3,000 workers due to a decline in orders.

In particular, the company will not renew its employment contracts with 2,500 workers in March, while the remaining 500 will get the sack until the end of the year. 

“As for the first 2,500 laid-off employees, the department has established a team to support these workers,” Lam said.

In addition, the department has worked with job placement centers in Ho Chi Minh City’s neighboring provinces of Long An and Tien Giang to introduce jobs and offer unemployment insurance policy consultancy for workers living in their precincts.

Lam assessed the labor market in Ho Chi Minh City is stable. However, some enterprises are facing a shortage of orders due to the impacts of the global economic uncertainties.

Therefore, the municipal Employment Service Center will hold over 120 job matching sessions for laborers.

PouYuen Vietnam Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Taiwan-based Pou Chen Group, employs 50,500 workers to manufacture footwear on a contractual basis for major global brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Reebok.

Under the prevailing regulations, when an employment contract expires and is not extended, the employee will receive benefits from the unemployment insurance fund.

In November last year, the company gave nearly 20,000 workers a day off alternately every week due to a shortage of orders.

Workers received a salary of VND180,000 (US$7.6) per day each.

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Thanh Ha - Cam Nuong / Tuoi Tre News

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