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...]

Reforms improve conditions for guest workers

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(VOV) - The International Labour Organization (ILO) has released its latest ranking of guest worker recruitment agencies operating in Vietnam that show their ethical standards and integrity have improved. The release of the rankings, timed to correspond with International Migrants Day on December 18, gave nearly one third of the recruitment agencies surveyed high marks— scoring five out of a possible of six points. The survey, carried out with the support of the ILO and Australian Government, rated 66 recruitment agencies on the basis of their compliance with the code of conduct promulgated by the Vietnam Association of Manpower Supply (VAMAS). The ranking system, first introduced in 2010, aims to improve recruitment services accorded guest workers and better protect their human rights while working in overseas markets. "Employment agencies have shown positive improvements in their operations," said VAMAS President Nguyen Luong Trao. More specifically, Trao emphasized they … [Read more...]

Labour exports surpass target

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(VOV) - Labour exports jumped 9.1% year-on-year to 99,400 workers for the first 10 months of the year, surpassing the annual target for 2015 by 4.65%, according to the Overseas Labour Management Department (OLMD). Deputy Head Tong Hai Nam of the OLMD recently sat down with a VOV reporter to share his thoughts on issues surrounding labour exports. Following are key translated excerpts capturing the gist of the interview. VOV: This year’s labour export target has been fulfilled ahead of schedule. Can you elaborate on the major markets of Vietnam for workers? Mr Nam: This year, Vietnam set a target to send 95,000 workers overseas, however as of the end of October that target has already been surpassed by more than 4,000 workers. This is good news. I now believe that the number of workers this year will even go higher than last year’s figure of 106,000. Two major markets – Taiwan (China) and Japan – accounted for 80% of the total number. More than 59,000 … [Read more...]

Vietnam sends nearly 100,000 labourers to work abroad

Vietnamese complete procedures to go to RoK for work. (Photo: VNA)

Over the past 10 months, over 99,400 Vietnamese labourers have been sent to work abroad, exceeding the year’s target by 4.65% and accounting for 109% compared to the same period last year, statistics from the Overseas Labourer Management Department have revealed. Reports from labour export enterprises showed that in October alone, 8,857 labourers went to work abroad. The Taiwanese (China) market was the largest market for Vietnamese labourers with 4,415 labourers, followed by Japan (2,112 labourers), the Republic of Korea (843 labourers), Malaysia (838 labourers), Saudi Arabia (302 labourers), Macau (China) (40 labourers), and others. This year, a wide range of labour cooperation deals has been signed, opening up many employment opportunities for Vietnamese labourers. The Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has signed and implemented the memorandum of understanding with the Republic of Korea on sending Vietnamese labourers to work in the country … [Read more...]

Unruly guest worker behaviour embarrasses Vietnam

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(VOV) - Guest workers have been growing rapidly in numbers and are an important resource that contributes significantly to economic development, according to former Deputy Head Dao Cong Hai of the Overseas Labour Management Department (OLMD). "Ensuring the interests of both Vietnam and the receiving countries while maintaining the rights of and dignity of workers has always been a priority of the Vietnam government," said Hai. Protecting the rights of migrant workers requires bilateral, regional and international cooperation among countries. At the global level, the United Nations (UN) International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (ICRMW) 1990, and several conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on protecting the rights of migrant workers have set out a legal framework for the protection of migrant workers. The Asian, North American and European regions also have implemented a number of initiatives … [Read more...]

OLMD probes abuses under guest worker program

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(VOV) - Following reports of contract violations, the Overseas Labour Management Department (OLMD) has sent letters of inquiry to several businesses employing guest workers in Taiwan. "There have been numerous reports businesses in Taiwan are not fulfilling their part of the bargain," said OLMD Deputy Director Dang Sy Dung and many are short-changing workers by cutting back working hours and pay. Dung said it appears some of the violations result from businesses cutting back production but we need to get a clearer understanding of the situation and that is why we have sent the letters of inquiry. In addition, the OLMD has urged employment agencies as well as Vietnam Embassy staff to closely monitor the situation and take remedial actions to timely deal with arising issues and protect the legitimate rights of workers. In its letter, the businesses were requested to respond with detained information regarding specific incidences that occurred over the past three months prior to … [Read more...]

Over 90,000 Vietnamese go abroad to work

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Since the beginning of this year, 90,559 Vietnamese labourers have been sent to foreign labour markets, realising the target set for the whole year, statistics from the Overseas Labourer Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) have revealed. Specifically, the number of guest workers over the past 9 months accounted for 100.62% of the year’s target and saw a year-on-year increase of 108.62%. The results were brought about by the fact that the MOLISA had synchronously carried out solutions to push up labour export and maintained the requirements from established markets. The ministry focused on expanding labour export to the markets with better working conditions and income, as well as establishing relationships with foreign enterprises requiring more highly skilled labour. The Taiwanese (China) labour market continued to receive a large number of Vietnamese labourers and is also carrying out a pilot project on receiving … [Read more...]

Japan seeks more Vietnamese nurses, orderlies for ageing population

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About 510 Vietnamese healthcare workers have been selected for a special training programme to prepare them to work in Japan, the Overseas Labour Management Department has said. Japan's ageing population has stressed the country's health system and opened up opportunities for Vietnamese nurses and orderlies, according to the department. A nurse or orderly can earn about VND40 million (US$1,780) monthly in Japan. Candidates must be under 35 years old, graduated from nursing college or university and have two years of experience. Moreover, they need to earn a medical practicing certificate. The candidates take an apprenticeship programme in Japan for up to three years for nurses and four years for orderlies. Director of Kansai Techincal Cooperation Center, Kanemaru said that Japan faced the shortage of nurses and orderlies while in Vietnam, graduates in this sector were unemployed or paid modestly, Ha Noi Moi (New Hanoi) newspaper reported. In Ho Chi Minh City, there are … [Read more...]

Japan seeks more VN nurses, orderlies for ageing population

HA NOI (VNS) — About 510 Vietnamese health care workers have been selected for a special training programme to prepare them to work in Japan, the Overseas Labour Management Department has said. Japan's ageing population has stressed the country's health system and opened up opportunities for Vietnamese nurses and orderlies, according to the department. A nurse or orderly can earn about VND40 million (US$1,780) monthly in Japan. Candidates must be under 35 years old, graduated from nursing college or university and have two years of experience. Moreover, they need to earn a medical practicing certificate. The candidates take an apprenticeship programme in Japan for up to three years for nurses and four years for orderlies. Director of Kansai Techincal Cooperation Center, Kanemaru said that Japan faced the shortage of nusers and orderlies while in Viet Nam, graduates in this sector were unemployed or paid modestly, Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper reported. In HCM City, … [Read more...]

Nearly 80,000 labourers go to work abroad in 8 months

From the beginning of this year to late August, nearly 80,000 labourers went to work abroad, seeing a year-on-year increase of 8.21%, and accounting for 83.98% of the year’s plan, the Overseas Labourer Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has reported. In August alone, 11,255 labourers were sent abroad. Taiwan (China) continued to be reported the market that received greatest number of labourers (6,455), followed by Japan (2,222), the Republic of Korea (1,036), Malaysia (809), Saudi Arabia (172), and Macau (China) (45). In recent years, the Taiwanese labour market has not only been the market for greatest number of Vietnamese guest workers but it has also received Vietnamese labourers working as onshore boatmen and domestic assistants. In August, MOLISA signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on labour recruitment and use with Thailand and Malaysia so that Vietnam can complete a legal framework for sending its … [Read more...]

Staffing firms recruiting more guest workers for Taiwan

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(VOV) - The Overseas Labour Management Department has authorized 61 temporary staffing agencies to allow household and onshore fishermen professionals to work as temporary guest workers in Taiwan in line with recently enacted legislation. "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 was the latest move to revamp the temporary guest worker program between Vietnam and Taiwan and came after 10 years of protracted negotiations, said Quynh. Advocates for guest workers have hailed the new law and the authorization of the 61 staffing agencies to transact labour contracts in Taiwan saying the combination of laws and new contracts 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 … [Read more...]

Malaysia attracts over 222,000 Vietnamese labourers in 10 years

Vietnam and Malaysia have recently resigned a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on labour recruitment and use making a foundation for the cooperation of sending Vietnamese labourers to work in Malaysia. According to the Overseas Labourer Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Vietnam started to send labourers to work in Malaysia in 2002. In 2003, the two Governments signed a MoU on labour cooperation, opening up a door to send over 220,000 Vietnamese labourers to the Malaysian labour market, contributing to reduce the unemployment pressure in the domestic market, boosting poverty reduction, especially in rural and remote areas. However, the number of Vietnamese labourers going to work in Malaysia has been reported to be lower in recent years with the increased choice offered by new labour markets.. Therefore, the newly-signed MoU was said to promote labour cooperation between the two countries. Statistics from the MOLISA show … [Read more...]

Labour export firms face stricter monitors

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HCM CITY (VNS) — The Viet Nam Labour Export Association has called on the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs to step up oversight and inspection of companies that hire and train workers for overseas jobs to sustain quality. In recent times a number of Vietnamese workers have been abused by employers or quit jobs in Saudi Arabia and Malaysia because of poor training in professional skills, foreign customs and laws, and languages. According to MoLISA's Overseas Labourers Management Department, guest workers must be trained for seven days (or 56 hours) in professional skills and the laws and culture of the country where they will work, and for one to three months in the language of that country. "However, many companies have shortened training time while workers have refused to study foreign languages, cultures and laws claiming lack of education or they are too old to learn," Tin Tuc (News) newspaper quoted an association spokesperson as saying. "Saudi Arabia … [Read more...]

Social News 6/7

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Ha Noi-Sapa link road gets Lao Cai approval The People's Committee of the mountainous Lao Cai Province has approved a plan to build a link road from Noi Bai – Lao Cai Highway to Sapa district, officials said last week. Chairman of the committee Doan Van Huong asked relevant units and locals to complete the necessary procedures to start the construction work soon, an official said. The 27 km-long link road is expected to be constructed with technological standards suitable to mountainous areas. According to the plan, the entire route will have nine bridges, including five viaducts, and four flyovers over streams. About 275 households will be shifted from 104 ha that will be used to build the road. The total investment under a BOT model (build-operate-transfer) is expected more than VND2.5 trillion (US$116.6 million). The payback period of the project is expected to be 24 years and eight months via toll collection. The construction is scheduled to begin in the first … [Read more...]

Workshops highlights Vietnam-RoK labour cooperation

Officials from Vietnamese labour management agencies and labour consultants were u pdated on the Employment Permit System (EPS) programme in the Republic of Korea and the country’s new regulations for foreign labourers at a recent workshop in Seoul. Held by Vietnam’s Management Office for Labourers under the EPS Programme and the Overseas Labour Management Department under the Vietnamese Embassy to the RoK, the event aims to enhance skills for settling issues arising in the labour relationship, ensuring legitimated rights of workers. There are over 47,000 Vietnamese labourers having stable jobs in the RoK under the EPS programme, according to Head of the Management Office for Labourers under the EPS Programme Le Manh Hung. However, many newly arriving workers do not have much understanding of the country’s legal regulations and rules of RoK firms, and meet difficulties in daily activities, he noted. Addressing the event, Deputy Head of the Overseas Labour … [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...]