Citizens advised to Be Cautious When Signing Contracts to Work Abroad
|The situation of Vietnamese workers in Africa has been stable and seen certain improvements. Photo: Thanh nien|
The Department of Overseas Labour (DOLAB) under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs on October 21 offered recommendations to ensure Vietnamese guest workers work legally, safely and effectively in foreign countries, according to VietnamPlus.
The move came after the department heard information that Vietnamese nationals had been incited to work abroad, including some African countries, and some had been cheated.
Those sent to work abroad through service companies should carefully verify information related to their job as well as language and skill requirements before signing labour contracts, the DOLAB said.
They can contact the department through the phone number 024.38249517 to receive more information.
According to the DOLAB, over the past two years, the department has received procedures for the registration of employment contracts in the African region of several companies and accepted them. These jobs mainly concentrate in the construction and navigation sectors.
|Those sent to work abroad through service companies should carefully verify information related to their job as well as language and skill requirements before signing labour contracts. Photo: VnEconomy|
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang affirmed at a press conference on October 20 that the situation of Vietnamese workers in Africa has been stable and seen certain improvements, Viet Nam News reported.
Asked about the situation of Vietnamese workers in Africa and citizen protection work for Vietnamese nationals in Africa, the spokesperson said the Vietnamese Embassy in Angola, also in charge of affairs in Democratic Republic of Congo, has received many requests for assistance and repatriation from Vietnamese nationals residing in the Democratic Republic of Congo due to problems with their employers, regarding employment placement, accommodation, and also delayed payment of salary or salary cut.
According to Hang, the embassy has worked with relevant agencies of the Democratic Republic of Congo and asked the agencies to take measures to ensure the livelihood of Vietnamese workers.
|Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang. Photo: VNA|
The embassy has also contacted the Vietnamese community in Congo in order to provide temporary residence for them as they await the resolution of these difficulties.
She added that the Foreign Ministry has directed the Vietnamese Embassy in Angola to continue working closely with local competent authorities and employers in order to resolve emerging issues.
The consular department is also told to work with the embassy as well as other government agencies in order to implement citizen protection measures when necessary.
The spokesperson again urged Vietnamese labourers to figure out all the information necessary before agreeing to work contracts abroad in order to avoid being scammed by illegal brokers, and when problems emerge, contact the Vietnamese agencies abroad directly or through the ministry’s citizen protection hotline./.
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