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May, 09 2014 08:35:00

Do domestic workers deserve a better deal?

In Viet Nam, domestic helpers are often hired on verbal contracts. Many families argue that they are particularly needed on national holidays and weekends. — Photo misa

A new labour policy, Decree 27, that takes effect on May 25, acknowledges domestic workers are a professional group and aims to protect their rights.

The decree stipulates that families must have labour contracts with their helpers and also pay health insurance and social insurance. Families are also requested to provide their workers with 24 consecutive hours of complete rest a week.

If domestic helpers work for a family for a full year, they are entitled to 12 days' leave and full holiday pay. They will also be allowed take national holidays - and also given holiday pay.

While the decree is well-intended and supported by many, the regulations have triggered controversy. Many members of the public say that the rules are too rigid and not feasible.

In Viet Nam, domestic helpers are often hired on verbal contracts. Many families argue that they are particularly needed on national holidays and weekends.

What do you think of the new decree? How will it affect you? Do you find it feasible and why? How are domestic servants managed in your country? Do you have similar regulations?

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Lavie - th.trang.ha@gmail.com   Lavie
May, 14 2014 17:16:31
It's possible if authorities can control the number of families employing domestic helpers. And, not suitable to apply to Vietnam's authorities as it is beyond their abilities...
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