Apple, Samsung suppliers allow some employees to sleepover on the floor of some factories
Besides trying to arrange these sleepovers, the Vietnam government has been working hard to make sure that quite a few factory workers are getting vaccinated including 400,000 jabs that have been set aside for Samsung employees and workers for other global suppliers in Bac Ninh and Bac Giang provinces. As of earlier this month, the country had 4% of its population of 98 million vaccinated. By early next year, Vietnam hopes to have received enough shots to cover 75% of its population.
The big thing is that by allowing workers to camp out in tents on the floor of the factory, employees like 25-year old Le Thanh Hoa can continue to earn a paycheck even when parts of the country are in lockdown. Le Thanh says, “We sleep in tents the company set up on the factory’s floor. I miss my parents sometimes but it’s actually quite nice to sleep in the factory because we have air conditioning 24 hours a day, unlike my home where it is very hot.”
At the start of this month, only 4% of the population had received the vaccine
The country has worked with firms like Luxshare to “to have them arrange for their workers to sleep in the factories and in dormitories while also having them tested every week.” Nguyen Dai Luong, chairman of the People’s Council of Viet Yen district said that this “has significantly helped stop the virus spread and enabled factories to resume operations quickly.”
Foxconn, which is considering moving production of some iPad units to Vietnam, says that it has been “working closely with the Vietnamese government to ensure that we are able to comply with all relevant public health requirements.” Alain Cany is the chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, and he says that it is important to prioritize factory workers when disseminating the vaccinations. He adds that it is critical to keep the economic impact of the virus at a low level.