Vietnam's southern-based companies want an end to ‘stay-at-work’

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

VIETNAM: Companies in the southern part of Vietnam where a ‘stay-at-work’ order has been implemented are now unhappy and want employees to return to their respective homes as lockdowns continue to be extended.

Vietnamese authorities’ extended the order earlier this month to most of the country’s southern region in an aim to contain the Covid-19 virus from spreading.

The month-long order involves employees remaining at factories to work, eat, and sleep as part of the conditions for factories to remain open and in operation amidst nationwide lockdowns.

The provincial government of Dong Nai said companies wishing to end the order must submit requests to the provincial Department of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs and the Dong Nai Industrial Zones Authority.

“If approved, companies will have to conduct Covid-19 screening tests for all workers, and only those testing negative will be able to return home. This requirement will also be in force for the 1,000 companies in the town of Tan Uyen in the neighbouring province of Binh Duong that want to stop the stay-at-work order,” the authority said.

It also said companies gearing to end the ‘one route, two locations’ arrangements (where shuttle vehicles are used to transport employees between factories and housing estates), must ensure all employees are tested before being allowed to travel.

It noted companies will be legally responsible if employees are allowed to returned home without fulfilling all the appropriate regulations.

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