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...]

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

A teacher shows his students how to run a machine at the Viet-Duc Vocational College in northern Vinh Phuc Province. MoLISA is called for tightening of inspections on companies hiring and training labourers for export. — VNA/VNS Photo Vu Sinh

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

Workers are consulted before working overseas. — VNA/VNS Photo

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...]