17/07/2017 14:57 GMT+7 print

Vietnamese labourers in RoK receive legal consultation

Seoul, July 17 (VNA) - Vietnamese labourers in the Republic of Korea (RoK) were advised to return home when their labour contracts expire at a workshop in Incheon on July 16. 

The workshop was held by Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the Embassy of Vietnam in the RoK. 

The event was attended by Vietnamese Deputy Ambassador to the RoK Tran Anh Vu, Director of the Ministry’s Center of Overseas Labour Ha Xuan Tung, Director of the RoK Human Resource Development Department Woo Bong Woo and about 300 Vietnamese labourers working in the city and vicinity. 

Addressing the event, Vu underlined fruitful labour cooperation between Vietnam and RoK based on the two nations’ memorandum of understanding on the Employment Permit System programme signed in May, 2016. 

He called on Vietnamese labourers in the RoK to observe the regulations in their contracts, the host country’s laws and to return home when their contracts expire. 

He also expressed his hope that the RoK’s Human resource development Deparment and other organisations and enterprises will continue working with the Embassy in ensuring the legitimate rights of Vietnamese labourers in the country. 

For his part, Woo Bong Woo said cooperation in labour between Vietnam and RoK has contributed to the development of the two nations’ relationship, and acknowledged the contribution Vietnamese labourers have made to the nation’s economic development. 

He also pledged to support Vietnamese labourers during their stay in the RoK. 

According to Tung, numerous job placement activities have been held to help Vietnamese labourers who return home from the RoK. 

During the event, several RoK employers were honoured for their support for their Vietnamese workers, as were several Vietnamese labourers for their contributions to the local society. 

Currently, the RoK is home to nearly 50,000 Vietnamese workers. About 16,000 of them are working in the country on expired labour contracts.