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Fulfilling labour contracts to protect workers’ interests

20/11/2013 - 22:19:26
Fulfilling labour contracts to protect workers’ interests
It is necessary to inform guest workers about their legal rights and obligations before sending them abroad so that they will take responsibility for fulfilling their contracts, says President of the Vietnam Labour Export Association, Nguyen Luong Trao.

The Vietnam Labour Export Association recently has just held a meeting to review its first working term and set targets for the second term. Nguyen Luong Trao was elected president of the association. VOVNews reporter Bich Dao interviewed president Nguyen Luong Trao about some major activities of the association in the second term.


Reporter: Expanding labour markets is a key target of labour export companies. What will the association do to realize the target in its second term?

Mr Nguyen Luong Trao: In its second term, the association will focus on expanding labour export markets, both in scope and quality, for the purpose of sustainable development. To this end, the association will provide its members with news updates and ways to access markets. It will help them sign feasible contracts which will benefit both labour export companies and workers.


Reporter: Vietnam is looking forwards to sending more trained workers abroad. How can we have an adequate supply of trained workers to meet market demands?

Mr Nguyen Luong Trao: To this end, it requires all-out efforts from relevant sectors, industries and agencies. We are expecting the fast development of vocational training systems in the near future. Members also need a change in the worker recruitment process. To recruit qualified workers, there must be a big capitalisation. But, in fact, we cannot ask labour export companies to pour a great deal of money into training workers. Therefore, labour export companies should cooperate with vocational training centers to work out appropriate training programmes. They should also fully understand demands from labour import markets so that they can train workers properly.

The association will ask relevant state management agencies to provide vocational training for target groups of workers whom the markets badly need and to combine vocational training with languages and skills training.

The Vietnam Labour Export          Association       was established  on April 7, 2004. Now it has 101   official members.                        

Reporter: What measures has the association devised to overcome difficulties in protecting the workers’ rights?

Mr Nguyen Luong Trao: The association will provide short training courses to its members in order to help them fully understand their responsibility towards workers when seeking contracts and sending them abroad. The association will also help its businesses improve management skills and timely devise measures to protect Vietnamese workers’ legal rights abroad. Businesses should closely coordinate with local recruitment agencies to help workers understand their rights and obligations to follow labour contacts and know how to protect themselves. Fulfilling labour contracts is the most effective measure to protect workers’ legal rights.


Reporter: Thank you very much.

According to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, around 500,000 Vietnamese labourers are currently working abroad under time-limit labour contracts. Every year, these guest workers send around US$1.6 billion back to their families. In the 2007-2010 plan, the ministry aims to send 320,000 Vietnamese workers abroad and raise the rate of trained guest workers to 65 percent by 2010.

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