Guest workers return home due to global economic recession

Many Vietnamese guest workers have returned home early due to the global recession, however, foreign and local governments have adopted timely measures to ensure legal interests and workers’ rights.

Many Vietnamese guest workers have returned home early due to the global recession though many do not want to (Photo: Lao Dong)

Accordingly, most guest workers in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, UAE and Czech Republic have been allowed to look for new jobs with help from relevant agencies and change their jobs as required.
If they cannot find a job, they have to return home, but their employer will buy their airfares and compensate them, generally one month’s salary.
Malaysia laid-off 15,000 guest workers by the end of January, and Czech Republic has released 12,000 since early this year.
The deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, Nguyen Thanh Hoa, told Lao Dong on Thursday that his Ministry has asked labor export agencies to compensate workers according to regulations.
Agencies have to refund workers brokerage and service fees, which they paid in order to work abroad and, depending on agencies’ financial situation, they should give workers as much compensation as possible, he added.
The Ministry will make efforts to ensure workers will not be out of pocket or short of money after returning home, Mr. Hoa said.

By Kieu Minh (Lao Dong newspaper) – Translated by Hoang Yen

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