Labour export market looks grim in 2012

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Vietnam's goal to send 90,000 workers abroad in 2012 poses a huge challenge as its labour export market remains unstable. Despite the global labour market being heavily affected by the economic and financial crises in 2011, Vietnam sent 88,298 guest workers abroad and achieved 101.5 percent of the set target. A VOV reporter interviewed the Deputy Head of the Overseas Labour Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Dao Cong Hai. Reporter:Despite the impact of the global economic downturn, Vietnam still obtained such good results exporting labour. Could you please explain why we achieved this impressive figure? Mr Hai: The export of nearly 88,300 guest workers sent abroad to work in 2011 was a boon for Vietnam in the context of the sluggish global labour market and falling demand for guest workers. Also, due to the political crisis in Libya, Vietnam had to bring home a large number of guest workers from this lucrative labour … [Read more...]

Major amusement park in the offing in Long An

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HCMC - Phu An Infrastructure Development and Construction JSC, a subsidiary of Khang Thong Group, announced on Monday to start building a big amusement project in the Mekong Delta province of Long An next year. Nguyen Thanh Su, deputy general director of Khang Thong Group, told the Daily on the phone on Monday that the Happyland Vietnam project would require around US$2 billion, with US$600 million going to a theme park similar to Disneyland and Universal Studio, the famous amusement destinations in the world. An artist's impression of Happyland Vietnam project in Long An Province - Photo: Courtesy of Khang Thong Group The first phase of the project will start on 338 hectares, stretching along the Vam Co Dong River. It will be expanded in the second phase, according to the company which on Monday introduced the project's investment opportunities in the capital city of Hanoi to potential investors in the northern region. In addition to the amusement section, the project will have … [Read more...]

Social News 30/6

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Ha Noi tightens parking lot regulations Buildings with basements in Hoan Kiem District are being told to allow people working or living there to park their vehicles in the basements. The city would not allow buildings to use the basements for other purposes while people were being forced to park their vehicles on pavements around the buildings, vice chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee Nguyen Quoc Hung said at a recent meeting with the district authority. Hung also ordered the district authority to re-arrange parking lots on pavements to ensure space for pedestrians. The city transport department and the traffic police were asked to demarcate several parking lots on the pavements of Ba Trieu, Phan Boi Chau and 19/12, because these pavements were more than 3.5m in width, he said. The traffic police have been ordered to inspect and get rid of illegal parking lots, and to strictly deal with parking lots that were overcharging vehicle owners, he said. The city has about 320,000 … [Read more...]

Beware of overseas job scams: Ministry

HA NOI (VNS) — The labour, invalids and social affairs ministry's Overseas Labour Management Department has warned people about frauds involved in sending people to Saudi Arabia to work as domestic helps. The warning follows reports received from families of victims in Tay Ninh, Nghe An, Tuyen Quang and Ha Tinh provinces. Some of the frauds posed as labour export companies to lure those wanted to work aboard. They refused to give signed labour contracts to the victims, saying that the companies' directors were travelling on business and would sign the contracts as soon as they returned. The Overseas Labour Management Department recommended that people should study and understand the working and living conditions as well as Islamic customs before deciding to work in Saudi Arabia. They have also been asked to sign labour contracts with companies that have been given labour supply licences by the department. — VNS … [Read more...]

Taiwan (China) increases basic salary for labourers

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According to the Vietnamese labourer management department in Taiwan (China), from July 1st, Taiwanese authorities (China) will increase the minimum wage and adjust labour and medical insurance for labourers appropriately. Accordingly, Vietnamese labourers in this market will benefit from the policy. Specifically, the monthly minimum basic salary for labourers will be increased from TWD19,273 to TWD20,008 each month and similarly, for those working on an hourly rate, the basic rate will now be TWD120 an hour. In terms of labour insurance, 9% of the labourers’ salary will be added to the insurance each month; with 70% being paid by employers, 20% by labourers and 10% by the authorities. Meanwhile, 4.91% of the salary will be allocated to medical insurance; with 60% of which is paid by the employers, 30% by the labourers and 10% by the authorities. According to statistics from the Overseas Labourer Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social … [Read more...]

Ministry warns about overseas job scams

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HA NOI (VNS) — The labour, invalids and social affairs ministry's Overseas Labour Management Department has warned people about frauds involved in sending people to Saudi Arabia to work as domestic helps. The warning follows reports received from families of victims in Tay Ninh, Nghe An, Tuyen Quang and Ha Tinh provinces. Some of the frauds posed as labour export companies to lure those wanted to work aboard. They refused to give signed labour contracts to the victims, saying that the companies' directors were travelling on business and would sign the contracts as soon as they returned. The Overseas Labour Management Department recommended that people should study and understand the working and living conditions as well as Islamic customs before deciding to work in Saudi Arabia. They have also been asked to sign labour contracts with companies that have been given labour supply licences by the department. The contracts they sign must have the signatures of the company … [Read more...]

Taiwanese labour market to receive Vietnamese maids and fishermen

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Taiwan (China) has agreed to receive Vietnamese labourers working as domestic helpers and fishermen from July 1st, ten years after a suspension as a result of the high number of labourers fleeing from the labour market, the Overseas Labourer Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has reported. According to the deal reached by the two sides, domestic helpers sent to the Taiwanese will stand a surety of USD2,036 and receive TWD17,500 in salary each month. Meanwhile, fishermen will receive a salary of TWD19,273 per month with an surety of USD1,550. The contract for these groups of labourers will last 3 years. During the contract, labourers will be provided free accommodations, food and at least a one-way flight home. Vietnam has sent labourers to Taiwan since 1999, with 80% of the workers being domestic assistants. In 2005, a large number fled from the market, causing the suspension./. … [Read more...]

Vietnam issues new rules for Taiwan guest workers

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(VOV) - The Overseas Labour Management Department has unveiled a new program for Vietnamese household and onshore fishermen professionals to work as temporary guest workers in Taiwan. "The new rules strengthen protections for the workers and also spur recruitment of Vietnamese for such jobs," said Nguyen Ngoc Quynh, head of the Overseas Labour Management Department. The new scheme is the latest move to revamp the temporary guest worker program between Vietnam and Taiwan and comes after 10 years of protracted negotiations, said Quynh. The changes will take effect July 1 and have been hailed by advocates for guest workers who said they would make it more difficult for businesses to exploit vulnerable workers. Currently, more than 160,000 Vietnamese temporary workers are employed in other professions such as manufacturing and the medical fields throughout the island of Taiwan. The Taiwan government stopped the household and onshore fishermen guest worker programs in 2004 following … [Read more...]

Nearly 36,000 labourers go to work abroad in 4 months

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In the first 4 months of this year, 35,709 Vietnamese labourers went to work abroad, accounting for 37.58% of the year’s target, according to statistics from the Overseas Labourers Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). In April alone, nearly 10,000 labourers were sent to work abroad; of which the Taiwanese (China) labour market received the largest number of labourers (6,631), followed by Japan (2,059), Malaysia (556), Arab Saudi (350) and the Republic of Korea (187). In 2015, Taiwan (China) continues to be identified as a key labour market for Vietnamese labourers as it receives common labourers with rather good income while it also provides an adequate legal framework to protect labourers. Meanwhile, the Japanese labour market mainly recruits on-the-job trainees within 3 years at maximum. In addition, Japan is in need of high quality labourers such as design engineers, mechanics engineers and nursing staff. In the … [Read more...]

Vietnam protects rights of women migrant workers

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(VOV) - Integration has contributed to an increasing flow of guest workers from Vietnam and currently as many as 500,000 adults have migrated to more than 40 countries around the globe to work. The Overseas Labour Management Department also reports that over the past five years the average annual number of women and men guest workers has been on the uptick averaging 35,000 and 55,000 respectively. While integration may foster trade and investment, it does not necessarily create an environment that protects workers economic, social and physical security and increasing numbers of women have complained of low pay, long hours and substandard accommodation. The department said the problems encountered by the women were further compounded by language issues and a fundamental lack of knowledge and understanding of their basic rights. The women have been filling gaps, particularly as domestic workers, nurses, dressmakers and assembly line workers in electronics factories in the RoK, Taiwan … [Read more...]

Social News 1/4

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Operation Pacific Angel plane lands in Da Nang A C-130 transport airplane landed at Da Nang International Airport yesterday, as part of Operation Pacific Angel 15, running in Quang Ngai province from March 14 to April 3. The operation included an exchange between the United States Air Force and Viet Nam Air Force and Defence at the airport on the same day, on the capabilities of C-130 airplanes in humanitarian and disaster-relief missions. Operation Pacific Angel is a joint and combined humanitarian assistance exercise led by the United States Pacific Air Forces. The three key programmes of PACANGEL are health services, civil construction and expert exchanges on health matters, providing optometry, dental, women's health and physical therapy, as well as other health services for local patients. Over 2 million foreign visitors to Vietnam in first quarter The number of foreign tourists to Vietnam in the first quarter of this year is estimated to reach 2,007,884, down 13.7% … [Read more...]

Over 25,000 labourers sent oversea in first quarter of 2015

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Vietnam sent more than 25,766 workers overseas in the first quarter this year, up 10.7 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the Overseas Labour Management Department (OLMD) under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs. The figure represented 27 percent of the year's target. In March alone, as many as 8,560 went abroad under working contracts, mostly to Taiwan, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and Middle East countries. Vietnam sent a record-high 105,840 guest workers abroad in 2014, 110 percent of the year's target, according to statistics from the OLMD. Compared to 2013, the number of Vietnamese guest workers sent to Taiwan increased to 62,000 from 46,000, while those working in Japan rose from 9,600 to nearly 20,000. According to Nguyen Luong Trao, Chairman of the Vietnam Labour Export Association, last year the highest number of guest workers went to Northeast Asia, around 90,000, accounting for 86 percent of the total 40 labour-export … [Read more...]

Over 25,000 labourers go to work abroad in first quarter

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In March, an additional 8,560 labourers went to work abroad, raising the total number of guest workers in the first quarter of this year to 25,766, accounting for 27.12% of the year’s plan and seeing a year-on-year increase of 10.7%, the Overseas Labourer Management Department reported on March 30th. According to the department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), in March, the guest workers were sent to Taiwan (China) (5,953), Japan (1,618), the Republic of Korea (262), Malaysia (328) and the Middle East labour market. In 2015, together with developing the traditional labour markets, MOLISA is studying how to expand others with better working conditions and income for labourers, especially for the skilled and semi-skilled. Accordingly, the ministry has encouraged labour export enterprises to seek contracts involving highly skillful labourers while paying attention to training labourers for the contracts. This year, some markets in the … [Read more...]

Over 25,000 labourers sent oversea in Q1

Vietnam sent more than 25,766 workers overseas in the first quarter this year, up 10.7 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the Overseas Labour Management Department (OLMD) under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs. The figure represented 27 percent of the year's target. In March alone, as many as 8,560 went abroad under working contracts, mostly to Taiwan, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and Middle East countries. Vietnam sent a record-high 105,840 guest workers abroad in 2014, 110 percent of the year's target, according to statistics from the OLMD. Compared to 2013, the number of Vietnamese guest workers sent to Taiwan increased to 62,000 from 46,000, while those working in Japan rose from 9,600 to nearly 20,000. According to Nguyen Luong Trao, Chairman of the Vietnam Labour Export Association, last year the highest number of guest workers went to Northeast Asia, around 90,000, accounting for 86 percent of the total 40 … [Read more...]

Good signs of labour export at beginning of year

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In the first 2 months of this year, over 17,200 Vietnamese labourers went to work abroad, seeing a year-on-year increase of 23.5%, said the statistics from the Vietnamese Overseas Labourer Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). Labour export saw positive signs at the beginning of this year. At present, Taiwan (China) is still the biggest receiver of Vietnamese labourers with nearly 11,000 travelling there to work in January and February, accounting for 63.4% of the total number of Vietnamese guest workers. Taiwan (China) is considering receiving Vietnamese labourers to work in the fisheries sector and as domestic help. The MOLISA and the Overseas Labourer Management Department are doing their utmost to negotiate an expansion of opportunities for Vietnamese labourers in this labour market. Representatives from the Overseas Labourer Management Department, in 2015, apart from developing the traditional markets, labour export … [Read more...]

Vietnam boosts labour exports

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VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam aims to send 90,000 guest workers abroad in 2015, deputy director of the Overseas Labour Management Department Tong Hai Nam told Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times). Last year was a successful year for Vietnam in sending guest workers abroad. Will you please explain why? In 2014, although the world's economy still faced many difficulties, the number of Vietnamese guest workers working abroad increased in a big way, particularly to Japan and Taiwan. Vietnamese guest workers have improved their skills considerably - and their knowledge of foreign languages and discipline. In addition, the Government has made some adjustments in policies to enable more guest workers go abroad. Due to the prolonged economic crisis, the demand for foreign guest workers in many countries in 2014 was low. This led to fierce competition among labour-export countries. Viet Nam also faced some problems with guest workers. Many labour disciplinary … [Read more...]

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Fishing boat rescued near Truong Sa A fishing boat and its 13 crew members were rescued at sea near Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands after sending an SOS on Wednesday. The boat's crew belongs to Ly Son Island's An Hai Commune in the central province of Quang Ngai. Nguyen Quoc Chinh, head of the An Hai Commune Fishing Union, confirmed yesterday that the union had received an SOS from fishing boat QNg 96156 TS, which was stranded off the island of Thuyen Chai in the Truong Sa Islands of Khanh Hoa Province. Other fishing boats nearby failed to approach the boat due to big waves and the rough sea. However, ship HQ561 from Navy Zone 4 was able to tow the fishing boat to anchor on Thuyen Chai Island. The sea around the Truong Sa Islands has been choppy over the last few days with 3-4m high waves. Two arrested for trafficking women in Son La Two persons were arrested for cheating andtrafficking Vietnamese women near the Viet Nam-China border onTuesday, said the Son La Border … [Read more...]

Labour export sets record

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In 2014, the country sent 106,840 labourers to work abroad, an increase of 18.7% on the planned number. Statistics from the Overseas Labourer Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) show that this is the largest number of guest workers sent abroad over the past years. There was a remarkable increase in the number of guest workers to traditional labour markets, with 62,000 sent to Taiwan (China), nearly 20,000 to Japan, nearly 7,000 to Korea, nearly 5,000 to Malaysia, nearly 4,000 to Saudi Arabia, and nearly 1,000 to Qatar. According to MOLISA Deputy Minister Pham Minh Huan, in 2015, together with developing the traditional markets, the Ministry will study and exploit other markets which provide good employment and income for labourers, especially for trained labourers. In realizing the State guideline in sending labourers abroad, the Ministry has always given an orientation to enterprises in seeking and exploiting markets … [Read more...]

Vietnam sees bright prospects for labour exports in 2015

Guest workers wait for their procedures processed (Photo: VNA) The number of guest workers working abroad is predicted to increase in 2015, especially as an ASEAN Economic Community is established within the year, said Tong Hai Nam, Deputy Head of the Overseas Labour Management Department (OLMD). The Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA) is launching a project to support the conveyance of Vietnamese labourers to foreign markets in accordance with national agreements and labourer supply contracts between domestic companies with foreign partners, Nam revealed. According to MoLISA Deputy Minister Pham Minh Huan, the ministry will continue to seek out new markets with good working conditions and high wages, while simultaneously maintaining traditional markets in 2015. Emphasis will be also placed on intensifying training for qualified labourer sources, as well as promoting the signing of skilled-labourer contracts, Huan said. Vietnam sent a record-high 105,840 … [Read more...]

Labour exports reach record high of nearly 107,000 in 2014

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Taiwan is the largest recipient of Vietnamese workers in 2014 NDO - Vietnam set a new record for guest workers abroad in 2014 with 106,840 workers, up 18.7% compared to the year's target, according to the Overseas Labour Management Department under the Ministry of Labours, Invalids and Social Affairs. Vietnam's labour exports also faced difficulties in 2014 due to political unrest in Libya and limited labour contracts from the Republic of Korea (RoK). However, the number of workers sent to Taiwan (China) in 2014 jumped to 62,124, much higher than the previous years and two times higher than 2010, contributing to raising the total number of Vietnamese workers aboard to a record high. Taiwan was the largest recipient of Vietnamese workers in 2014, accounting for nearly 60% of total guest workers abroad. It was followed by Japan, the Rok and Malaysia. Japan received 19,766 Vietnamese workers while the RoK received 7,242 and Malaysia received 5,139. Vietnam also sent 2,516 workers … [Read more...]