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Unions can help guest workers

Update: July, 13/2015 - 09:22
A worker at Piaggio Viet Nam Company. The role of trade unions should be enhanced to protect guest workers. — VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam

HA NOI (VNS) — The role of trade unions should be enhanced to protect guest workers, a conference held by the Viet Nam General Labour Confederation (VGLC) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Ha Noi said at a workshop on Friday.

A report released by the VGLC said about 70 per cent of guest workers were from rural areas and had low vocational skills and experience. This created high risks in their jobs.

The workshop was told that many Vietnamese workers who paid substantial sums to receive jobs abroad had to return home before scheduled time and fell into debt.

The VGLC said that the number of Vietnamese guest workers was likely to rise.

Many workers refused to return to Viet Nam when theirs contracts expired, affecting Viet Nam's labour exports and the workers themselves.

The VGLC said the situation was due to a lack of effective policies to protect guest workers coupled with inefficient laws and poor collaboration among relevant parties.

Ineffective law enforcement and limited worker access to the judicial system also contributed to the situation, according to the confederation.

Ahn Pong-sul, an expert from the ILO, said experiences from other countries showed that the role of trade unions in observing labour rights was significant due to union capacity to supervise migration and working conditions as well as giving legal support to labourers.

Participants agreed that it was necessary to add a regulation on the rights of workers to receive support in negotiating recruitment deals. Trade unions should also strengthen supervision over the implementation of contracts. — VNS

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