Reported by RFAs Vietnamese Service. Equated by Anna Vu. Composed in English by Richard Finney
Around 300 Vietnamese employees are being held in isolation at a China-backed power plant amid COVID-19 concerns and have actually been refused approval to return house for the Lunar New Year, sources in the nation state.
The employees have actually been held at the Vinh Tan 1 Thermal Power Plant in the Tuy Phong district of Vietnams southeastern Binh Thuan province for the last eight months, with anyone captured leaving the plant immediately fired, one employee told RFA today.
” We have actually been separated in this plant since June 1. We all work, eat and sleep here and have no contact with the outside world,” the worker said, speaking on condition of privacy for security reasons.
” There are around 300 Vietnamese individuals working at this plant, and though we are being supplied with food and lodging, we always want we might be living there in the outside community,” he stated.
Two other Vinh Tan power plants in the area are managed by the Vietnam Electricity Corporation and launched their employees a month back, the employee said. Vinh Tan Power Plant 1 is handled by Chinese investors and has kept its employees within.
No announcement has actually been made about when the seclusion will end, the worker said.
” The business hasnt reacted to lots of local employees dream to be able to return house each day after work to prepare for the Lunar New Year and celebrate with their households. We attempted to raise this issue with business managers however were immediately informed to stop,” he stated.
Workers at the plant are mad and disappointed however dont attempt to speak out, the worker stated.
” If only a few of us stood, we would be fired right away or be targeted by supervisors for retaliation later on, and this would impact our ability to support our families,” he stated.
Union agents have actually gathered employees opinions to present to the company and have fulfilled with company supervisors, but no response has actually been received, the worker said.
A Jan. 13 file sent by the Tuy Phong District Peoples Committee and seen by RFA designates the Vinh Tan 1 Plant as a low-risk “green zone” without any infections reported for more than 28 days, and advises company managers to let workers leave the plant.
As of Jan. 24, no workers had actually been enabled to leave.
Calls seeking comment from the Tuy Phong District Peoples Committee this week were not picked up.
Reported by RFAs Vietnamese Service. Translated by Anna Vu. Written in English by Richard Finney
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