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Export labourers educated on contract commitments

Update: December, 17/2012 - 16:15

HA NOI (VNS) – Export labour workers in South Korea are being educated on the law and policies of their hosts and home governments to encourage them to return home after their contracts end.

This follows revelations that 55-57 per cent of Vietnamese export labourers in South Korea overstay illegally each year after their contracts expire.

The move follows a decision by South Korea's Ministry of Employment and Labour to stop recruiting contract labourers from Viet Nam from September and to stop co-operating with its Viet Nam counterpart on Korean language testing.

More than 12,000 qualified workers, whose profiles are on the South Korea's labour website, are currently not being introduced to employers.

The facts on policies and the law were provided to about 300 contract labourers at a meeting in South Korea's Uijeongbu City, Gyonggi Province yesterday.

The meeting was organised by the Overseas Worker Centre under the Viet Nam's Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the Human Resources Development Service of Korea.

Since last December, the two agencies have held five computer-based language tests for more than 3,200 workers who went home on time and had a desire to continue working in South Korea.

To date, 542 workers have returned to South Korea on new contracts.

From July, contract labourers going home on schedule won't have to sit another language test if they want to return to South Korea after three months.

Overseas Worker Centre deputy director Luong Duc Long said labourers who did not return home on time were violating South Korean and Vietnamese law.

This had had a negative effect on labour exports to South Korea.

Long said nearly 17,500 workers finished their contracts in South Korea this year, 45 per cent of them have come back home on time. The contracts of more than 6,000 workers will end in the first six months of next year. – VNS

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