Relevant government agencies are moving to support labourers losing jobs at enterprises with employers who have absconded. Absconding employers, including foreign ones, were increasingly commonplace these days amid a hostile business climate, according to National Assembly’s Committee for Social Affairs deputy chairman Bui Sy Loi. “In southern Dong Nai province alone, around 40 businesses have owed salaries and various sorts of social allowances to employees, but they have employers who have absconded, driving the lives of several thousand labourers into a predicament,” said Loi. Loi said a specific mechanism tackling the case was not in place at present. As a result, Vietnam Social Security could not pay social insurance benefits and relevant allowances to labourers falling into the case. Minister of Finance Vuong Dinh Hue assumed policies dealing with the benefits of labourers working in foreign direct investment businesses having absconding directors were regulated in the Law on Social Insurance and the Law on Bankruptcy. “Usually, employers absconded when their businesses went bust. In this case, state competent agencies liquidated assets of these businesses and used part of the sum to ensure labourer benefits. In case enterprise’s asset has yet to be liquidated, local governments in these areas shall use provincial budget to shield laborer interests,” said Hue. Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen said concrete regulations protecting the interests of the labourers working at firms with absconding employers which still owed salary, social insurance and unemployment benefit payments to labourers were not in place….