|In the first 10 months of this year, 91,143 Vietnamese workers went to work in other countries, exceeding the 2014 plan by 4.76 per cent. — Photo nld
HA NOI (VNS) — A conference to discuss how trade unions should protect migrant and guest workers' rights and interests was held in Ha Noi yesterday.
Representatives from local trade unions, labour export agencies and organisations reviewed Viet Nam's labour exports.
They said more co-ordination between trade unions and relevant organisations in and outside the country was needed to assist and protect contracted Vietnamese workers abroad.
A pilot programme with Malaysia would pave the way after a memorandum of understanding on protecting migrant workers was signed with the Malaysian Trade Union Congress, they said.
During the event, jointly held by the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) and the Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI), participants also pointed out that trade unions should share information on legal regulations relating to guest labourers.
The unions should collaborate closely with State agencies and the Viet Nam Association of Manpower Supply to monitor and inspect the implementation of laws among labour export enterprises, they said.
Labour exports are an important part of a long-term strategy that will serve national construction and international co-operation.
The VGCL always said Vietnamese guest workers were an indispensable part of the country's workforce and needed protection.
According to the Overseas Workers Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, in October 2014, 7,774 Vietnamese were sent to work abroad. Taiwan remained the largest labour market, receiving 3,878 Vietnamese workers, followed by Japan with 1,784 workers.
In the first 10 months of this year, 91,143 Vietnamese workers went to work in other countries, exceeding the 2014 plan by 4.76 per cent. — VNS