Vietnamese guest workers recover from injuries after being beaten by factory guards at the Daewoosa plant in American Samoa on Nov. 28, 2000. Guest workers of all nationalities are frequently defenseless while isolated abroad, and suffer physical abuse, fraud, brutal working hours, and other forms of mistreatment.
September 18, 2008: Around 57,919 Vietnamese guest workers were sent abroad in the first eight months of 2008, according to the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA).
Intellasia.net last week reported on the ministry figures, noting that Taiwan received 22,865 of these workers, Malaysia 16,710, the Republic of Korea 10,148, Japan 3,730, Macau 1,770, Saudi Arabia 1,936, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 2,072, and other markets 8,688.
MoLISA issued a decision in August establishing “brokerage charges” these workers must pay to labor export firms in several markets, according to the Intellasia report. The ministry has also developed a pilot project on “vocational training” for guest workers from the fourth quarter of the year until 2010, and 35 labor export businesses will be selected to carry out the project. “Vocational training” is often a code phrase for employing workers for a minimal cost on the supposed premise that they are “paying” to learn new skills.
Investment capital for the project will be sourced from the State budget, businesses, and the laborers themselves. Major training areas will be welding, garment-making, mechanics, and hotel services, with courses lasting between three and six months, says the report.