Archive for the ‘guest workers’ Category

Singapore new destination for Vietnamese labor

March 20, 2008

By Manh Duong and Nguyen Thuy
Thanh Nien
Vietnam National Youth Federation
March 20, 2008

Singapore has emerged as an attractive labor market for Vietnam, offering workers high salaries and good working conditions.  

The number of Vietnamese workers in Singapore was still modest, said Tran Quoc Ninh, vice chairman of the Vietnam Labor Export Association, but the island-nation would surely become an important labor market in the very near future.

The Overseas Manpower Service Company (SULECO) recently clinched a deal to send 70 workers to Singapore, SULECO deputy director Tran Van Thanh said.

They would work as restaurant assistant managers, sales managers, delivery men and postmen, and get salaries of SGD1,400 to 1,800 (US$1,000 to 1,300) per month, the highest salaries Vietnamese workers got anywhere in Asia, he said.

Singapore has so far been hiring personnel from countries like India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines for such jobs.

United Micro Electronics Corporation was the first Singaporean company to recruit skilled workers through the Vietnamese labor agency Sovilaco last year.

The recruitment tendencies have changed due to three main factors: Vietnam’s trade promotion activities since its admission to the World Trade Organization, the successful operation of the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park in Binh Duong Province, and the capabilities of Vietnamese students and workers.

The female workers supplied by Sovilaco said they had found perfect working conditions and there had been no conflicts or incidents.

The workers at United Micro Electronics, for instance, get a lot of benefits, ranging from high allowances and free housing to access to the gym and the Internet.

Other traditional markets rarely offer such working and living conditions.

Last year, 107 Vietnamese laborers died in Malaysia and one-third of the deaths were believed to stem from heart and respiratory diseases.

The statistics have had a strong effect on many Vietnamese workers who were planning to work in Malaysia.

According to the Vietnamese Overseas Labor Management Bureau, the target of sending 26,000 guest workers to Malaysia this year may not be achieved.

The bureau added it expected to send 10,000 guest workers to new markets in the Middle East, mainly the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, this year.

More than 470,000 Vietnamese nationals are working in 40 countries and territories around the world.


Vietnam to send 100,000 migrant workers to Qatar

January 12, 2008

The Khaleej Times
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
12 January 2008
HANOI- Communist Vietnam plans to send 100,000 guest workers to oil-rich Qatar over the next three years, expanding its migrant labour programme in the Middle East, state media said Saturday.

The two countries’ labour ministers signed an agreement on the programme in Hanoi on Friday after Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung visited the Gulf emirate in mid-December, the Vietnam News daily reported.

Vietnam last year sent 85,000 workers abroad—mostly to Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea and other Asian countries—generating income and reducing unemployment at home, where 1.5 million people enter the job market every year.

About 10,000 Vietnamese already work in Qatar, says Vietnam’s government, which sees the Middle East, including the oil and gas-rich Gulf states, as a promising growth market for its labour exports.

Vietnam has set a target of sending 100,000 workers abroad every year by 2010, according to the Department of Management of Overseas Labourers.

Migration experts and state media have highlighted cases of exploitation of Vietnamese migrant workers who often have been trapped under harsh conditions in overseas jobs while struggling to repay large loans and air fares.Labour Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Nhan told a workshop last week that Vietnam’s labour exports will comply with international law, ‘protecting participants, especially the rights and interests of labourers,’ the Vietnam News reported.

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Vietnam and Qatar sign labor co-operation pact

January 11, 2008

From Nhan Dan (Vietnamese Communist State News Service)
January 11, 2008

Vietnam and Qatar signed a labour co-operation agreement in Hanoi on January 11, launching a new phase in bilateral ties in labour and social affairs.

The agreement was inked by Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Qatar Minister of labour and State Social Affairs Sultan Bin Hassan Al-Dhabit Al-Dosari.

The Qatar government has licensed its businesses to recruit an additional 25,000 Vietnamese workers besides the current 10,000. The country plans to increase the number of Vietnamese guest workers to 100,000 within the next three years.

“As Vietnam is open its embassy in Qatar soon, we will assign an attaché in charge of coordinating with the local authorities in managing Vietnamese workers,” Minister Ngan said.

Before the signing ceremony, the two ministers held talks to discuss in details issues related to labour co-operation, particularly vocational training for Vietnamese workers, and the management and protection of their interests in Qatar .

Later on the day, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung gave a reception to the visiting Qatar labour minister.

He told the guest that labour co-operation is the shortest way for the two countries to boost their cooperation and expand trade and investment and attain higher economic growths.

“The labour cooperation agreement will provide a full and close legal framework for the sending of Vietnamese workers to Qatar ,” Deputy PM Hung said.

He emphasised that the two sides need to collaborate in training Vietnamese workers not only in professional skills, but also in the language, culture and customs and the law of Qatar.

Vietnam’s overseas workers trapped in ‘no-rights zone’

November 18, 2007

by Frank Zeller

HANOI (AFP) – Vietnam sends tens of thousands of workers a year to Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea and elsewhere, but unscrupulous operators trap many of them in conditions akin to slavery, experts say.

Countless Vietnamese women have been trafficked abroad for prostitution, but even more “guest workers” have found themselves in an equally mundane kind of hell — exploited, abused and bankrupted.

“It’s like indentured labour because of the debt that the workers have to take on,” said Professor Daniele Belanger, director of the Population Studies Centre at the University of Western Ontario.

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