Desperate For Work, Vietnamese Return to Libya for Jobs

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 Around 700 Vietnamese workers have returned to Libya with a promised minimum wage increase of 30 percent after fleeing the country due to the political upheavals in 2011, business representatives said.
Nguyen Van Xuan, chairman of a private investment consultant company based in the Mekong Delta, said the company has sent 29 employees to a construction project near Libya’s capital city of Tripoli, according to media reports.

The workers have signed contracts that promise monthly wages of between $270 and $350, but they can earn more than $5,000 a month by working an average of two extra hours a day. Their employer provides meals and accommodations, he said.

Xuan said the security within Libya is not as good as it was before the upheavals, but all business ventures, most of them construction projects, have resumed or started operating normally.
They are seeking for foreign employees with higher payment than before, he said.

The Ha Noi-based International Manpower Supply & Trade Company Ltd. (SONA) and Viet Nam Construction and Import-Export JSC, which were among six businesses that had sent Vietnamese workers to Libya, also have started sending them back.

SONA, which joined the Libyan labor market as early as in 1994, has sent nearly 300 workers back since late last year.

Representatives from the companies said they have checked the situation in Libya and the new contracts have been thoroughly checked by Viet Nam’s related authorities.

Vietnamese businesses once provided labor for 14 Turkish businesses that invested in many Libyan construction projects, according to a statement on the government website. But more than 100,000 were brought back home during the violent political crisis.

Most of those Turkish businesses said they are eager to welcome back their old Vietnamese employees and promised to pay them wages that they still owed since the upheavals.

“Our Turkish partner in Libya said they are working on necessary procedures with Libya’s government to reclaim their assets and demand compensation for damage during the chaos. Once they succeed, they will fulfill payments to Vietnamese workers and receive them back,” Xuan said. Read more here.