|Workers at South Korean-invested Daeil Tech company in Quế Võ industrial park, Bắc Ninh Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Thương
HÀ NỘI — The labour ministry has proposed the Government delay increasing minimum wage next year due to economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, representing the National Wage Council – a panel of 15 members split evenly between the labour ministry who represents the State, Việt Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) that represents the employers, and the Việt Nam General Confederation of Labour representing the employees – has reported the proposal to Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.
The ministry was tasked with raising monthly and hourly minimum wage rate for contracted workers to come into effect in 2021 – but this was when the coronavirus pandemic has not made much impact globally and socio-economic performance was still strong.
However with the economic toll from the pandemic becoming more evident for both workers and businesses alike coupled with an uncertain future outlook, an increase is infeasible.
The wage council has met twice to discuss the matter and has agreed to keep the 2020 rate.
Minimum monthly wages in the four regions will be kept the same as 2020 – VNĐ4.42 million (US$190.4) for workers in Region 1 comprising most districts of major urban centres Hà Nội, Hải Phòng or HCM City; VNĐ3.92 million ($169) for workers in Region 2, covering areas like Đà Nẵng, Cần Thơ, or Bến Tre.
In Region 3, covering areas such as Bắc Ninh, Bắc Giang and Hải Dương provinces, the rate is set at VNĐ3.43 million ($148) a month, while employees in the remaining parts of the country receive a minimum wage of VNĐ3.07 million ($133).
The labour ministry said it agreed with the proposal from the council, and expected further discussions on increasing the wage in the third quarter of 2021.
In another related development, the Việt Nam General Confederation of Labour asked the trade unions to closely grasp the situation of struggling enterprises, or enterprises that go broke, ones with fleeing owners or owners who have failed to pay the workers their salary and bonus before the coming Tết (traditional Lunar New Year) holiday which falls in February. — VNS