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Update: September, 13/2013 - 09:36
The rates were revealed by the Wage Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs. Its statistics show that there are currently 108 peacemakers working in 24 districts in HCM City.—Photo laodong

HCM CITY (VNS)— Most peacemakers responsible for handling labour disputes in HCM City are working under heavy workloads with, on average, one peacemaker for every 1,000 enterprises – or over 45,500 workers.

The rates were revealed by the Wage Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs. Its statistics show that there are currently 108 peacemakers working in 24 districts in HCM City.

However, the distribution of peacemakers among districts is uneven. Sixty per cent of the districts employ 4-7 peacemakers each, while 25 per cent employ 2-3 peacemakers.

The Wage Department also noted that the distribution was not based on the real statistics of labour disputes.

For example, Binh Tan and Hoc Mon districts have only 3-4 peacemakers each, while on average they have 120-150 labour disputes per year on average.

On the other hand, Cu Chi employs 23 peacemakers to handle only about 34 labour disputes per year on average.

Nguyen Minh Hien, deputy head of the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs for Tan Binh District complained that the district has only two peacemakers to handle as many as 200 cases of labour dispute, according to the Lao dong (Labour) newspaper.

She noted, however, that finding peacemakers who are skilled, experienced and well aware of legal regulations was very difficult.

Le Xuan Thanh, Deputy Head of the Wage Department, said labour disputes did not occur with predictable frequency, but rather, they concentrated in certain areas at certain time of the year.

The Wage Department, therefore, proposed the co-ordination of peacemakers between districts to better handle labour disputes and avoid a waste of human resources.

It noted that the city would need to foster better co-operation among districts in handling labour disputes and between peacemakers and the city authorities in charge.

According to the Wage Department, the total number of labour disputes handled by the city's peacemakers since 2008 has reached nearly 6,300 so far.

The peacemakers have since successfully solved 70 per cent of labour disputes for individuals and 93 per cent of labour disputes for groups.

Labour disputes often occur when employers fail to offer adequate benefits to employees, or they are owed salaries and allowances from employees. — VNS


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