Vietnam shipping salary arrears spiral

Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport today named and shamed a number of transport firms including the nation’s top shipping line for failing to pay some VND700bn ($31m) in wages and social insurance last year.

Across Vietnam’s transport industry around 3,000 workers were not paid their full salary last year.

The worst offenders were both from the maritime field – Vietnam National Shipping Lines and Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (formerly Vinashin), who together counted for roughly half the salary arrears.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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