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POSTED | 9:06 AM | 21-04-2014

Protection for domestic workers in VN

New regulations on domestic work have been issued by the Government of Vietnam, a move the International Labour Organisation (ILO) considers an important step to protect these workers.

“The adoption of the Decree on Domestic Workers in 2014 sends a strong message that domestic work, when truly decent, is a professional job, which brings substantive economic and social benefits to the families of employer households, domestic workers themselves, and the whole Vietnamese society,” said Nelien Haspels, Gender Specialist of the ILO Asia and the Pacific.

According to the new decree, which will take effect on 25 May, employers and domestic workers have to sign work contracts, in which the house helpers are entitled to at least 24 continuous hours off a week, 12 annual paid leave days and all public holidays. Employers also have to cover compulsory social and medical insurance for domestic workers as stipulated by the Labour Code and are not allowed to pay them lower than the regional minimum wage.

As in other Asian countries, domestic work is on the rise in Vietnam. A joint research conducted by the ILO and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in 2011 showed that the majority of domestic workers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are women from the countryside, with no training for their job.

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