Minimum Salary Law Pointless, Department Says

The government should cancel regulations concerning minimum salary and let laborers and employers set wages according to the laws of supply and demand, said representatives of city’s Department of Labor, Disabled Soldiers and Social Affairs and the managing boards of industrial zones suggested.

Over 80 percent seldom played sports, 75.2 percent had never gone to a cinema or art show

The experience shows that the minimum salary simply varies as the market fluctuates anyway, they said.

A team from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism had a working session in Ho Chi Minh City about cultural life for workers and laborers in industrial zones on Wednesday. Ninety-seven percent of workers surveyed said that they rarely joined clubs, according to the city’s Department of Cultural, Sports and Tourism.

Over 80 percent seldom played sports, 75.2 percent had never gone to a cinema or art show, and 75.8 percent didn’t know about or rarely browsed the Internet. One of most important reasons that made them have no conditions to join cultural activities was their very low income, just around VND1.5 million (US$91) a month while everyone had to spend at least VND1 million (US$60) a month.

By Mai Huong-Translated by Thai Huy

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