Jun 06, 2018 / 11:16

Minister denies FDI enterprises fire employees exceeding 35 years of age

The Vietnamese labor minister has said the rumor of foreign-invested enterprises firing a large number of employees aged more than 35 is untrue.

"This information is inaccurate," Minister of  Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung replied to the concern of a National Assembly deputy at a Q&A session on June 5.
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The ministry along with the Social Affairs Committee of the parliament has conducted a survey and checked on site at FDI enterprises in Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Bac Ninh and Ho Chi Minh City.

Consequently, the survey showed that only 11% of employees aged more than 30 quit jobs in Dong Nai and Binh Dong due to personal reasons. The said figure accounts for some 1.9% of the total number employees at those FDI enterprises, the minister said. 

In Ho Chi Minh City and Bac Ninh, the number of employees exeeding that age quitting jobs is insignificant, he added. 

The FDI sector plays an important role and contribute significantly to economic development, as well as job creation, the minister stressed.

FDI enterprises currently employ 2.68 million direct employees, according to Dung, of which large corporations such as Pou Chen, Samsung and Nike are employing around 150,000, 170,000, and 400,000 employees, respectively. 

The majority of large FDI enterprises has policies in place and put effort on maintaining the well-being and protecting rights of employees, while the average wage at those FDI companies currently stands at VND5.5 million (US$241.72) per month, Dung informed.

The Prime Minister and government officials have also held talks with FDI enterprises and employees, proposing employers to pay more attention to social welfare issues. 

Dung, however, stressed the Ministry will have a serious look into the matter. The Ministry has proposed to the Government holding training courses for FDI employees after being unemployed, or supporting FDI enterprises in retraining them to adapt to new working positions if necessary. 

The move is aimed to ensure employees have adequate skill sets and be prepared for a new job in the future, Dung stressed.