HCM CITY (VNS) — A total of 92 labour disputes occurred at 92 enterprises in HCM City last year, a fall of 17 incidents compared to the previous year, according the city's Labour Federation.
The main causes were attributed to failures to adjust wages as regulated and failure to pay social insurance, and sign labour contracts.
More than 32,000 workers were involved in disputes last year, according to the federation's report.
Dang Ngoc Tung, chairman of the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour, praised the city for its oversight in implementing regulations among enterprises, which resulted in a drop in disputes.
The labour unions asked the workers to be sympathetic to companies that were struggling due to the economic downturn, Tung told attendees at a conference held in HCM City yesterday.
Unions have also worked with 9,400 enterprises to present gifts worth more than VND780 billion (US$37 million) to disadvantaged workers during Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.
More than 380 enterprises provided VND16.7 billion (US$795,000) for bus fares to help 26,700 workers return home for Tet.
As of November 2013, more than 18,900 enterprises in the city had halted operations, and 20,000 enterprises owed VND18.5 trillion (US$880.9 million) in taxes.
More than 115,800 workers applied for unemployment insurance benefits during the period.
Seventy-nine labour accidents occurred in the city last year, killing 81 people and injuring 13 others. —VNS