HA NOI - Viet Nam and Malaysia yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on labour immigration in an effort to protect Vietnamese workers in Malaysia.
The MoU, which was signed by the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour and the Malaysian Trade Union Congress in Ha Noi, covers the facilitation of dialogues to speed up the approval of conventions by the International Labour Organisation, policymaking, and addressing issues related to labour hygiene and safety, especially in labour-intensive and toxic-exposure sectors.
Traditionally, Vietnamese workers have been facing difficulties such as illegal recruitment, high living expenses, delays of or deductions from salaries and labour exploitation.
Over the past decade, Viet Nam has sent more than 220,000 labourers to Malaysia, with an average of 12,000 low-skilled workers each year. Nearly 80,000 Vietnamese people are currently employed in 12 out of Malaysia's 13 states, primarily in manufacturing, engineering, garments and construction.
Both countries had signed an MoU on recruiting Vietnamese workers in Malaysia in December 2003.