South Korean execs flee Vietnam without paying 1,000 garment workers

By Hai Nam, Thanh Nien News

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Workers gather at Keo Hwa Vina Company in Ho Chi Minh City to demand for unpaid salary on September 25, 2015. Photo: Hai Nam Workers gather at Keo Hwa Vina Company in Ho Chi Minh City to demand for unpaid salary on September 25, 2015. Photo: Hai Nam

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Ho Chi Minh City mayor Le Hoang Quan has instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs to work with the South Korean Consulate General and the South Korean Business Association after executives of a garment firm fled without paying over 1,000 workers.
According to the city People’s Committee, South Korean company Keo Hwa Vina in Hoc Mon District still owes more than VND6.2 billion (US$275,800) of salaries and another VND9.4 billion of insurance payments to their workers. 
In May, Hoc Mon People’s Court handed down a decision ordering the company to pay the debt immediately.
However, the company general director Koo Sun Heau and CEO Kim Hee Chul have reportedly returned to South Korea.
Quan instructed the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs to pay the workers first and recoup the money after selling the company’s property.
The company’s property value is about $245,000, officials say. 

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