Labour minister clarifies guest worker issues at NA session
Updated : Wednesday, June 06, 2018 9:09 AM (GMT+0700)

Ministerof Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) Dao Ngoc Dung made clear anumber of issues raised by National Assembly (NA) deputies on measures toensure rights and interests of Vietnamese workers abroad and enhance labourquality during the Q&A session as part of the NA’s fifth meeting on June 5.

Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) Dao Ngoc Dung - Photo: VNA

Replying to representativeof the central city of Da Nang Nguyen Thi Kim Thuy on measures to improve thequality of guest workers and tackle current problems in the field, MinisterDung said that Vietnam aims to send about 1 million people to work and studyabroad each year.

So far, about 500,000Vietnamese labourers are working in other countries. In 2017, 134,000 workerswere sent to work abroad, equivalent to 128 percent of the set target, henoted.

Along with the resumption ofcooperation with the Republic of Korea after a four-year hiatus, Vietnam hasfor the first time signed a national-level labour deal with Japan, giving aboost to labour export. Each year, the guest workers sent home about 3 billionUSD.

However, Dung said that inpromising markets with high income, especially the RoK, many workers refused toreturn home, with the highest annual ratio recorded reaching 55 percent, whichwas then reduced to 33 percent. For that reason, the RoK side stoppedrecruiting Vietnamese labourers for four years. 

The RoK then requested notrecruiting people from 12 provinces and 58 districts with over 30 percent oflabourers staying in the RoK illegally after finishing their contracts. In2018, the number of such districts dropped to 49, he said.

Regarding the Saudi Arabianmarket, Minister Dung noted that the country is hosting about 9,000 labourers,most of whom work as housemaids. Although the market requires simple skillsfrom labourers, this is a risky market with many latent problems, he said.

Deputy Duong Tuan Quan fromsouthern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province showed his worry about the illegal formationof many labour export agents and companies to cheat people. 

Inspections in 2016 and 2017showed that among 60 examined companies, 42 operated illegally.

Minister Dung said thattogether with giving favourable conditions for labourers to work abroad, theministry has backed labour export companies in expanding their market.Recently, such businesses have boomed in number.

He admitted the problemmentioned by deputy Quan, adding that the ministry has applied many measures todeal with it.

The Government and the PrimeMinister issued two instruction documents, assigning specific ministries andsectors to handle shortcomings facing Vietnamese guest workers.

The MOLISA has also held adialogue with 282 labour export businesses to discuss ways to remove obstaclesencountering them, while asking the firms to publicize information of thedemand, incomes, fees and job description in each market, he said.

The minister added that theMOLISA has made clear the fees for each market. The fee is free in the RoK andJapanese markers, he said.

Dung clarified that theministry has inspected 51 labour export firms and discovered 338 violations,collecting a fine of 3 billion VND in 2017, revoking the business licences of 5enterprises and suspending the operation of 25 firms.

In the coming time, theministry will continue working closely with localities to keep a close watch onoperations of the businesses, while making fee more transparent.

It will withdraw the licenceof any businesses which violate law, especially failing to ensure rights oftheir labourers abroad, he stressed.


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