Government set to bust illegal workers

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The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs said it will coordinate with other agencies to review the employment of foreigners around the country since their numbers seem to be rising.

"Any violations in hiring foreigners will be dealt with strictly in accordance with the Labor Law," Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thanh Hoa told Thanh Nien Daily. "We want to protect local workers."

The outcome of the review would be reported to PM Nguyen Tan Dung before May 31, the ministry said.

Official agencies should manage the local workforce better to reduce the employment of foreign workers, he said. "[Authorities] should provide vocational training to local workers, since many, even manual workers, do not meet job requirements."

Over 50,000 people from more than 40 countries and territories, mainly Asian, now work in Vietnam, with 70 percent of them being licensed to work and the rest working illegally after entering the country with tourist visas, Hoa said.

Foreign workers help do work that locals cannot. The employment of overseas workers by foreign employers is allowed, but only in compliance with Vietnamese laws.

The ministry has issued work permits in Vietnam only to foreign workers who are skilled and have professional degrees as stipulated by the law, he said. But he pointed out that the employment of foreign manual laborers, who entered the country on tourist visas, is a violation.

Decree 34/2008/ND-CP says foreigners may be permitted to work as managers, chief executive officers and experts if they are aged at least 18 and in good health.

Others fulfilling legal requirements for working in the education, vocational training, and private health and pharmaceutical sectors may also be allowed.

The ministry has recommended to the government to stiffen penalties for flouting of foreign labor violations. While foreigners working illegally are expelled, firms not obeying the law get away with small fines.

PM Dung recently ordered the ministry to review and tweak regulations governing foreign workers.

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