Dang Van Son, vice president and general secretary of the Vietnam Pulp and Paper Association (VPPA), said: “No business would want to have three more days added.” “The proposal by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor (VGCL) to create three new holidays is not practical now since Vietnam’s labor productivity is already low and its economy is not as developed as its neighbors,” he told VnExpress. Moreover, Son added, for business owners it would be a double whammy since they would have to pay extra to employees working during those holidays. By law, wages during weekends are at least 200 percent of normal rates, and they rise to at least 300 percent during holidays. Nguyen Xuan Duong, chairman of Hung Yen Province’s Business Association and owner of a garment business, said: “Vietnam has a decent number of days off already with 22 days – 12 days of paid leave a year and 10 public holidays – in total. It could be a huge challenge for businesses if the three additional holidays fall during the harvest period.” A majority of Vietnamese businesses pay high wages for seasonal workers, he explained. The end of the year is the peak time for the… Read full this story
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