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Illegal workers face penalties

Update: April, 04/2014 - 08:23

Under the current regulations, those who continue to stay and work overseas beyond the end of their contract will be fined between VND80-100 million (US$3,800-4,700). In addition, they will be forced to return immediately and barred from working overseas for a period of two years. — Photo vnmoney

HA NOI (VNS) — Vietnamese workers who have overstayed their contracts in the Republic of Korea (RoK) must be strictly punished, stated Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thanh Hoa.

Speaking at a conference on Wednesday to seek ways to reduce the number of illegal Vietnamese workers in the RoK, Hoa emphasised that localities must adopt measures to prevent local workers from staying overseas even after their contracts have expired. They should focus on information dissemination and mobilisation to help raise their awareness about current labour export policies and punishment regulations.

Under the current regulations, those who continue to stay and work overseas beyond the end of their contract will be fined between VND80-100 million (US$3,800-4,700). In addition, they will be forced to return immediately and barred from working overseas for a period of two years.

However, Director General of the Employment Permit System (EPS) Centre in Viet Nam Choi Byung Gie stressed that Viet Nam should have stricter measures in place to prevent illegal Vietnamese workers in RoK.

He added that many workers were willing to pay the fine, which was equivalent to three months of their salary, while they had to pay a large sum of money in order to work overseas.

Kieu Cao Thuan in Ha Noi's Thach That District, who returned from the RoK as a guest worker last August, remarked that Vietnamese workers in RoK were aware of the administration's punishment, but many of them stayed back because of their limited financial condition and difficulties in finding a job at home when they returned.

Hoa also proposed that the RoK side should adopt stricter measures to punish workers who have violated the law.

Vice Chairwoman of the Ha Noi People's Committee Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc asserted that many overseas Vietnamese workers who have overstayed their contracts had a negative impact on the country's labour export market prestige.

The city has urged authorities of districts and communes to suggest measures to the committee before April 15 in a bid to persuade Vietnamese workers with expired contracts to return home.

The contracts of an estimated 300 workers from Ha Noi who are currently working in the RoK will end in September this year.

By the end of 2013, more than 14,000 Vietnamese workers were reportedly overstaying their contracts in the RoK. — VNS

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