New batch of Chinese workers for Da Nang hotel sparks concerns

By Hoang Son, Thanh Nien News

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The JW Marriott Danang Resort's construction site. Photo: Hoang Son The JW Marriott Danang Resort's construction site. Photo: Hoang Son
The construction site is located next to an important military base of the city, experts point out

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Concerns have begun to surface after the government of Da Nang City decided to let 300 Chinese workers join the construction project of a five-star hotel on a local beach.
The JW Marriott Danang Resort, developed by the US-based Silver Shores Ltd., has lagged behind schedule.
Chinese contractor Sichuan Huashi Co. Ltd. recently sought the local government’s permission to recruit 650 more workers, of whom 300 are Chinese, for the project. The resort will be the venue for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings due in October 2017.
The Da Nang labor department has accepted the request.
Bui Van Tieng, a historian and a former Party official, said he was worried about the decision.
He said the project is situated on a “sensitive” site, next to Nuoc Man Airport, an important military base of the city. 
Local authorities should be careful in making any decisions related to the project, Tieng said. 
He said contractors should recruit Vietnamese workers, not foreigners, for the project.
Thai Thanh Hung, chairman of the city’s War Veterans Association, said local authorities should keep a close watch on foreign workers given the location of the project.
Two months ago, local authorities found 64 Chinese workers at the construction site of the project did not have work permit. They said the Chinese entered Vietnam on travel visas and worked illegally at the project.
Nguyen Van An, deputy director of the labor department, said the 300 Chinese workers will enter Vietnam in various groups, and they will be licensed legally.
There are currently around 60-70 Chinese workers at the construction site of the JW Marriott project. The new batch of foreign workers will be its largest. 
The Ministry of Construction is proposing new regulations that will prevent foreign contractors from bringing workers into Vietnam in an attempt to give the local workforce enough jobs. 
Under the proposal, foreign builders will only be allowed to bring financial and technical management experts, or those with high qualifications and expertise that cannot be recruited in Vietnam.

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