Only 10.3 million workers had social insurance policies at the end of last year, accounting for 20 per cent of the country's total workforce, according to the Viet Nam Social Insurance Agency.
About 30 per cent of labourers for whom social insurance is mandatory do not have the policies because their employers have failed to make their contribution, the agency says.
Companies nationwide owed VND7 trillion (US$333 million) in social insurance premiums to the agency as of last year.
Lao Dong (Labour)
City to get tough on overloaded vehicles
The HCM City People's Committee on Tuesday ordered the Road and Railway Police Division to co-operate with relevant agencies and install weighing stations at ports and city's gateways to prevent overweight and oversized vehicles from plying the city's roads.
The People's Committee also ordered the Department of Transport to propose strong penalties for such violations by transport companies and drivers.
The city saw 2,066 traffic accidents in the first five months of the year that left 310 people dead and 1,716 others injured. The number of traffic accidents, casualities and injuries this year have reduced year-on-year, according to the city's Traffic Safety Committee.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Rice reserves used to help needy
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered the Ministry of Finance to grant 2,421 tonnes of rice to three provinces -Gia Lai, Cao Bang and Dak Lak- so that poor residents can avoid going hungry between harvests.
Gia Lai will receive 321 tonnes of rice, Cao Bang, 1,100 tonnes and Dak Lak, 1,000 tonnes. The Prime Minister has requested the three provinces to ensure that the rice reaches the needy people on time.
Nhan Dan (The People)