Việt Nam begins inspection of garment sector for compliance with labor laws

The Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs has announced a major inspection of the garment industry to check for compliance of labor regulations.

The inspection, supported by the International Labor Organization, would be carried out in 12 cities and provinces by October.

The ministry said at the launch of the campaign in Hồ Chí Minh City on Monday.

It will focus on overtime work, salaries and allowances, safety equipment, emergency exits, electricity risks, work environment and plans and training for labor safety.

Vietnamese_workersWorkers at a garment factory in Hồ Chí Minh City

Trần Ngọc Sơn, deputy director of the Hồ Chí Minh City’s Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, said:

“Earlier inspections found that most FDI enterprises follow relevant regulations while many others do not have safe working environment.

“Common violations include lack of periodic medical check-ups for workers and lack of emergency exits.”

Phan Đăng Thọ, deputy chief inspector of the ministry, said companies in the sector should improve working conditions.

“There are some factories with more than 5,000 workers but only five toilets.”

Many companies skip medical check-ups though many workers’ health worsens over the years, he said.

“The inspection will focus on the compliance of relevant regulations so that the relationship between employers and workers could improve.”

By MINH HÙNG

Source: Thanh Niên News

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