Inflation forces workers to find part-time jobs

HA NOI, Jun 22, 2011. Many workers in industrial zones and export processing zones have been forced to work overtime to confront soaring prices on everyday necessities.

According to a recent report issued by the Ministry of Planning and Investment about the lives of poor people and workers, about 1.6 million people in 260 industrial zones and 15 economic zones were facing numerous difficulties because their salaries were not high enough to meet their basic needs.

The report also showed that the average salary for industrial zone workers was close to VND2 million ($ 100) a month, about 68 per cent of the national average.

Doan Thi Huu Nghi, deputy director of the Viet Hung Investment and Development Joint-stock Company in the Gia Lam Industrial Zone, said that the company strove to provide VND15,000 ($ 0.75) every day to each worker to cover lunch and rent expenses.

Nghi also said that she was worried every time the State mentioned anything about raising the minimum wage because that would put her company at risk of bankruptcy.

“Manufacturing costs increase daily while profits stay the same so we cannot provide any more support to our workers,” she said.

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs is putting the final touches on a project proposal centred on supporting worker demands for submission to the Government.

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Vietnam News, Jun 22, 2011

Vietnam Investment Review, Jun 22, 2011