Vietnam city police to probe utilities for paying excessive salaries

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The Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee has ordered the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs to provide the city police with necessary documents related to four utilities which paid their top executives "hugely inflated" salaries.

The bosses of the HCMC Urban Drainage Company, HCMC Public Light Company, HCMC Park and Green Trees Company and Saigon Traffic Works Company, gave themselves huge salaries while cutting workers' legitimate benefits by signing seasonal or short-term contracts with them, according to the city Party Committee and People's Committee.

The number of their workers is also lower than on paper, they said.

Last month the People's Committee, the city administration, removed eight chairmen and directors of these companies from their posts after finding them getting annual salaries of VND691 million-VND2.6 billion (US$32,774-123,318).

The Party Committee expelled three of them from the Party and removed five others from Party posts, a move in Vietnam that paves the way for the fat cat execs to face possible criminal charges.


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The administration had in August issued a report on the huge salaries the four companies paid their bosses compared to workers last year.

The workers received around VND22 million, or $1,043, per month on average, according to the report.

People's Committee chairman Le Hoang Quan ordered the Department of Home Affairs to appoint new executives in place of the eight who were removed.

In a meeting with voters in the city's District 4 on October 10 President Truong Tan Sang praised the city for its action, and ordered that those who helped uncover the issue be rewarded.

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