AMERICAN SAMOA GARMENT MANUFACTURER TO REPATRIATE SOME VIETNAMESE WORKERS

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (December 29, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Garment manufacturer Daewoosa Samoa says it will abide by a court order to repatriate those members of its Vietnamese workforce who want to return home.

The first group of workers will be leaving soon, but the company said details still have to be finalized with the workers' agents.

Daewoosa said it will spend over US$ 300,000 on 35 workers' return, including work and contract payments.

An additional approximately 250 employees from Vietnam have indicated interest in remaining as workers at the Daewoosa Samoa factory.

The company has been involved in a longstanding dispute over the non-payment of a wage increase.

And last month, there was a riot at the factory in which a 21-year-old Vietnamese woman lost an eye and 10 others suffered injuries, allegedly over enforcement of work rules.

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