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Overseas labourers must return on time

Update: May, 10/2013 - 10:16
Workers head to the airport to leave for jobs in foreign countries. The country plans to impose heavy fines on those who stay on in other countries after their work contracts have expired. —VNS Photo xuatkhaulaodongvn.com

HA NOI (VNS)— Vietnamese labourers staying in foreign countries beyond the expiry of their labour contracts may be fined up to VND100 million (US$4,800).

The proposal is expected to be submitted soon to the Government, said the Director of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Department of Overseas Labour, Nguyen Ngoc Quynh, at a meeting in Ha Noi on Tuesday.

Quynh added that the department also planned to propose Vietnamese labourers, working in South Korea under the Employment Permit System (EPS), leave some money as deposit.

The proposal is one of the measures suggested by Viet Nam to regain acceptance for its labourers after South Korea suspended all future arrivals.

In the department's report, the rate of Vietnamese labourers overstaying in foreign countries in the first quarter of this year fell by nearly 7 per cent compared to the same period last year.

However, the reduction is not as low as South Korea requires.

General Director of EPS Centre in Viet Nam Choi Byung Gie said that the rate should be reduced about 20 per cent.

South Korea and Viet Nam plan to conduct an inquiry into Vietnamese labourers overstaying their contracts in foreign countries.

According to the labour ministry, more than 50 per cent of Vietnamese guest workers sent to South Korea stay there illegally, because they can work there with high pay. The figure was about 8,500 in 2011 and 2012.

The highest rate of overstaying workers are those from Ha Noi, Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, Nghe An, Phu Tho and Thanh Hoa provinces.

The ministry hopes to send about 85,000 Vietnamese workers abroad this year. — VNS


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