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Labor exporters ordered to help sailors from sinking boat in Antarctica

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

After 11 Vietnamese fishermen were reportedly dead or missing from an incident in a Korean fishing ship off Antarctica, the Department of Overseas Labor has ordered five companies that dispatch Vietnamese laborers to work in overseas, to assist and help the victims’ families.

The grandmother of sailor Nguyen Tuong wailed in mourning after receiving the bad news of her grandson (Photo: SGGP)

The 11 Vietnamese fishermen, who predominantly from the central province of Ha Tinh, were sent by five Vietnamese labor agencies: LOD Human Resource Development Corporation, Traenco Labor Export Center, Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No.1, Southern Waterborne Transport Stock Corporation and the Tourist, Trade and Labor Export Joint Stock Company (TTLC).


Under the order, labor export companies must dispatch men to South Korea to work with concerning sides to confirm the identities of the dead and the missing and assist rescued sailors.


Staffs on duty have to contact with the Consular Department, part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Consulate of Vietnam in the Republic of Korea and New Zealand.


Companies should tell sailors’ families about their condition as well as support families of the dead and the missing to help them overcome current difficulties.


For rescued sailors, companies must ask boat owner to take revivers to hospitals for treatment. Companies must finish all formalities to bring survivors back to the country safely.


For the dead individuals, companies were asked to hold funeral ceremonies and the Labor exporters must pay any wages, bonuses and other welfare entitlements to the relative’s families.

So far, five have been confirmed dead and 17 others still missing and presumed dead. This was after a South Korean deep-sea trawler with eight Koreans, eight Chinese, 11 Vietnamese, 11 Indonesians, three Filipinos and one Russian sank 1,850 km north of Antarctica — halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica.

Of the 42-strong crew on the 614-DWT trawler, a 24-year-old sailor, Nguyen Tuong, from district Ky Anh in the central province of Ha Tinh has been confirmed dead. His mother, Dang Thi Lan, 75, is still mourning for her son.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Van Son aged 28, from the district Ky Anh in Ha Tinh province, Nguyen Van Thanh aged 21 and Nguyen Van Son aged 25, both from Ky Anh district in Ha Tinh province, are missing and presumed dead. They were not wearing any protective clothing and the temperature there is extremely hostile – 2o Celsius.

Nguyen Minh Hoan, deputy head of district Ky Anh People’s Committee, said most of sailors in the boat have harsh living conditions. Their relatives had borrowed bank loans to pay for labor exporters. They hoped to make money after two or five years of labor. Their deaths left big debts for relatives.
 

Source: SGGP

University of Science HCMC receives Labor Hero title

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:04 am

Labor department asks to impose fines on illegal school

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 8:02 am

To prevent further wrongdoings of Ho Chi Minh City-based American Vietnamese International School (AVIS), the city labor department asked the local government to impose penalty on the school.

AVIS disappears  but it turns out to be  Van Xuan Training Institute and International Cooperation (Photo; SGGP0

AVIS disappears but it turns into  Van Xuan Training Institute and International Cooperation (Photo; SGGP)


In a report on wrongdoings of AVIS, the city Department of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs (DOLISA) said the school opened a unaccredited three-year college degree and enrolled 300 students for this degree while it was allowed to offer only short-term courses.


DOLISA, the Department of Education and Training, the Department of Planning and Investment of Ho Chi Minh City and other relevant agencies will discuss penalties on AVIS although the school has taken the initiative to pay back over VND1 billion tuition fee to 75 enrolled students for 2010-2011 academic year.


However, the school has still not paid back to 300 students of the last academic year.


Moreover, after Sai Gon Giai Phong reported its wrongdoings, AVIS disappeared. The school turned into Van Xuan Training Institute and International Cooperation.



Related article:
School deceives students into enrolling in unaccredited program

Source: SGGP

NKorea sentences US man to 8 years of hard labor

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

North Korea said Wednesday it has convicted and sentenced an American man to eight years in a labor prison and a fine equivalent to $700,000 for entering the country illegally and unspecified hostile acts.


Aijalon Mahli Gomes acknowledged his wrongdoing during a trial at the Central Court Tuesday, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said in a brief dispatch.


The North said last month that it arrested Gomes, 30, of Boston on Jan. 25 for trespassing after he crossed into the country from China. He was the fourth American to be detained in communist North Korea on charges of illegal entry in little over a year.


Gomes, a graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine, had been teaching English in South Korea and no details have emerged about why he went to the North. However, a Seoul-based activist — Jo Sung-rae — said Gomes may have been inspired by his acquaintance with an American missionary who made a similar trip to the North in December to protest the country’s human rights record.


The KCNA report said the court sentenced Gomes to eight years of “hard labor” and a fine of 70 million won. North Korea’s official exchange rate is 100 won to the dollar.


“An examination was made of the hostile act committed against the Korean nation and the trespassing on the border of (North Korea) against which an indictment was brought in and his guilt was confirmed” according to the country’s criminal code, it said.


Analysts say verdicts issued by the Central Court — North Korea’s highest — are final and cannot be appealed.


But Yoo Ho-yeol, a North Korea expert at Seoul’s Korea University, said Gomes would eventually be released as the North appears to want to use his case as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the U.S. on its nuclear program.


“Continuing to hold him in custody is also a burden for North Korea” as it will only galvanize criticism of its human rights record, Yoo said.


The North is under international pressure to return to stalled nuclear disarmament talks it quit last year.


Representatives of the Swedish Embassy in North Korea, which looks after U.S. interests in the country, witnessed the trial, the KCNA report said. A person who answered the telephone of the first secretary at the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang referred queries to the U.S. State Department.


In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Joanne Moore said the government has seen reports about the matter, but that she could not immediately comment.


Thaleia Schlesinger, spokeswoman for Gomes’ relatives, said they are “disturbed” by the verdict and will pray for his early return.


“The family has no comment beyond that they are praying for him and hoping for his return home as soon as possible,” Schlesinger said. “Needless to say, they are disturbed (by the sentence) but they are hopeful that he would be returned home to them and they are praying for that.”


Three other American citizens have been arrested after crossing into North Korea over the past 13 months.

Tourists look at the North Korean side near the demilitarized zone that separates two Koreas in Paju, South Korea.

Missionary Robert Park strode into North Korea from China on Christmas Day in a self-proclaimed mission to draw attention to North Korea’s human rights record and to call for leader Kim Jong Il to step down. He was released in February after more than 40 days in custody.


Two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, were arrested in March last year near the Chinese border and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor for illegal entry and engaging in hostile acts. They were freed in August after former U.S. President Bill Clinton made a high-profile humanitarian visit to Pyongyang to negotiate their release.


U.S. officials have said they want to make sure that Gomes is returned to the United States as soon as possible.

Source: SGGP

NKorea sentences US man to 8 years of hard labor

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

North Korea said Wednesday it has convicted and sentenced an American man to eight years in a labor prison and a fine equivalent to $700,000 for entering the country illegally and unspecified hostile acts.


Aijalon Mahli Gomes acknowledged his wrongdoing during a trial at the Central Court Tuesday, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said in a brief dispatch.


The North said last month that it arrested Gomes, 30, of Boston on Jan. 25 for trespassing after he crossed into the country from China. He was the fourth American to be detained in communist North Korea on charges of illegal entry in little over a year.


Gomes, a graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine, had been teaching English in South Korea and no details have emerged about why he went to the North. However, a Seoul-based activist — Jo Sung-rae — said Gomes may have been inspired by his acquaintance with an American missionary who made a similar trip to the North in December to protest the country’s human rights record.


The KCNA report said the court sentenced Gomes to eight years of “hard labor” and a fine of 70 million won. North Korea’s official exchange rate is 100 won to the dollar.


“An examination was made of the hostile act committed against the Korean nation and the trespassing on the border of (North Korea) against which an indictment was brought in and his guilt was confirmed” according to the country’s criminal code, it said.


Analysts say verdicts issued by the Central Court — North Korea’s highest — are final and cannot be appealed.


But Yoo Ho-yeol, a North Korea expert at Seoul’s Korea University, said Gomes would eventually be released as the North appears to want to use his case as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the U.S. on its nuclear program.


“Continuing to hold him in custody is also a burden for North Korea” as it will only galvanize criticism of its human rights record, Yoo said.


The North is under international pressure to return to stalled nuclear disarmament talks it quit last year.


Representatives of the Swedish Embassy in North Korea, which looks after U.S. interests in the country, witnessed the trial, the KCNA report said. A person who answered the telephone of the first secretary at the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang referred queries to the U.S. State Department.


In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Joanne Moore said the government has seen reports about the matter, but that she could not immediately comment.


Thaleia Schlesinger, spokeswoman for Gomes’ relatives, said they are “disturbed” by the verdict and will pray for his early return.


“The family has no comment beyond that they are praying for him and hoping for his return home as soon as possible,” Schlesinger said. “Needless to say, they are disturbed (by the sentence) but they are hopeful that he would be returned home to them and they are praying for that.”


Three other American citizens have been arrested after crossing into North Korea over the past 13 months.

Tourists look at the North Korean side near the demilitarized zone that separates two Koreas in Paju, South Korea.

Missionary Robert Park strode into North Korea from China on Christmas Day in a self-proclaimed mission to draw attention to North Korea’s human rights record and to call for leader Kim Jong Il to step down. He was released in February after more than 40 days in custody.


Two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, were arrested in March last year near the Chinese border and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor for illegal entry and engaging in hostile acts. They were freed in August after former U.S. President Bill Clinton made a high-profile humanitarian visit to Pyongyang to negotiate their release.


U.S. officials have said they want to make sure that Gomes is returned to the United States as soon as possible.

Source: SGGP

Labor of love adorns Vietnam with golden dragons

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:28 am

Record setting craftsman Ngoc Minh’s latest feat is a unique gift to the nation – the “Thien long Viet do” (Divine Dragons – Map of Vietnam) filled with a thousand golden dragons








Ngoc Minh posing with his giant Vietnam map, entiled “Thien long Viet do” (Photo: Lao Dong Newspaper)
Ngoc Minh aka Tran Van Anh likes setting records.

He already has two entries to his name in the Vietnam Record Book, one for the “Bach tam do” (a map shaped by 100 “heart” words) and “Bach nhan do” (a map shaped by 100 “patience” words).

These feature respectively the collection of a hundred designs of the Vietnamese words “tam” (heart) and “nhan” (patience).

In his “final” and most ambitious undertaking, Ngoc Minh decided on a map of Vietnam covered with a 1000 dragons made of gold.

The “Thien long Viet do” (Divine Dragons : Map of Vietnam) is a map of Vietnam, which is six meters in height and 3 meters in width and inspired by shape of a giant dragon, which is in turn is filled with smaller dragons symbolizing different localities including islands. The highlight of the map is Thang Long (now known as Hanoi), also represented by a gold dragon weighing 1.8 kilos.

The artwork by craftsman Ngoc Minh, who lives in Nam Phuoc Village of the south central costal province of Quang Nam, is his gift to the capital city on the occasion of its 1000th anniversary.

This work took him at least three years to complete with the help of 14 other craftsmen – five painters, five carpenters and four jewelers.  “This work is the best proof of our patience during a long period. This is not simply a feedback to the campaign to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long by the organizers, but it is, truly, our big love and also our dream to find something precious enough to contribute respectfully towards the ceremony.”

Finding the dragons

Dragons have played an important part in the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people since the early days of the country. They appear in a variety of forms in our lives, as a royal symbol in the court or a religious symbol in the pagoda. They are carved on daily-use tools as well as decorations, and are featured in poetry, architecture, construction, literature and also history.

But this pervasive influence and presence of the dragon did not make it easy for Ngoc Minh to find 1,000 different kinds of dragons. He spent many months traveling round the country to find some “new dragons”, and also searched on the Internet for them. He copied patterns from pagoda roofs, at royal courts and also from old-fashioned bowls and cups. His friends in the south and north of the country helped in the search.

The variety of dragons was a constant inspiration for Minh and his team. Minh explained that if they were carving just one dragon everyday, it would have become monotonous, especially considering that the project would take as long as three years to complete.

“Everyday, we started with a fresh idea about a new dragon design. To get a new one right was always difficult, but it kept our interest keen and the passion strong.”

The frame for the map, made of the luxurious mengarit and the Hopea pierrei wood, was carved with dragon patterns by experienced carpenters from the carpenter villages of Kim Bong, Hoi An, and Duy Xuyen.

On completing the map, Minh and his team, were able to remember all the provinces and cities of Vietnam, from the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau at the bottom to the northeastern province of Ha Giang at the very top. They also learned by heart the 200 big and small islands belonging to the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes.

Talking about early days, Minh somewhat sadly said that his project did not receive any sponsorship from local enterprises. “Some of them did not trust my project and they called it crazy and infeasible. All I have today, the victory and the compliments from everyone, mostly are thanks to the encouragement and support from my relatives and artist friends.

“This, maybe, is the final record in my life since I cannot complete a new collection of a pattern in the tens of thousands or more of different designs.”

“Thien long Viet do” has since occupied pride of place, being selected as a special offering from the central province of Quang Nam to the ceremony commemorating the 1000th ceremony of Thang Long – Ha Noi. Minh said he would hire guards and even purchase insurance for his artwork.

Judging the artwork by Minh, historian Duong Trung Quoc had only this to say: “Highly admirable, excellent!”. Dinh Hai, Director of the Quang Nam Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said proudly: “This is the most beautiful national map ever in the world. I believe that this is the most precious gift for the 1000th ceremony in the north. The work is not only a proof of the love of a craftsman towards his country, it also honors the diligence, the beauty of art and talent of the craftsmen in the central region. It is an inspiration for the country and our future generations.”




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Supply and demand imbalance causing labor shortage

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 4:36 am


Vietnam’s economy is recovering after the global economic crisis and companies have resumed recruitment efforts, but many enterprises still face a serious shortage of labor due to a gap between supply and demand, a labor official said.
 
Speaking to SGGP, Nguyen Thi Hai Van, director of the National Center for Labor Market Forecasting and Information, said: “The main cause of the labor shortage, of both skilled and unskilled workers, is poor strategizing in terms of training.”


Ms. Van said that many vocational training courses have been organized in Vietnam, but the programs fail to turn out graduates who meet employers’ needs. “Jobs and job-seekers are not being matched effectively because job candidates’ skills do not meet employers’ standards,” she said.








Students receive training at the HCMC Vocational Training College. To close the gap between labor supply and demand, businesses should communicate their needs directly to training centers, experts say. (Photo: SGGP)   

In addition, many vocational trainees seek easy jobs, resulting in a lack of highly skilled workers.


In Ho Chi Minh City, high employee turnover is another headache for companies. The city’s current turnover rate stands at around 25-30 percent. The main reason, according to Ms. Van, is that workers will easily quit their jobs for better-paying ones and a better working environment.


Recently, more people have also been quitting their jobs at State-run enterprises in favor of jobs in the private sector, especially in the fields of education, health, and businesses administration, said Ms. Van.


In trying to build up their workforce, many local companies also continually offer incentives to attract new employees, thus causing a high degree of instability in the labor market.


“Businesses need to encourage their own workers by offering them incentives, or otherwise risk losing them,” Tran Anh Tuan, deputy director of the HCMC Center for Forecasting Manpower Needs and Labor Market, said.


At a recent meeting between city leaders and agencies, several foreign investors complained that they faced a shortage of qualified workers. They said this reflects the poor quality of vocational training in Vietnam and that many enterprises have yet to pay due attention to improving their workers’ skills.


However, experts said that investors should also take initiative in training workers.


HR training needs prioritization


To resolve the problems of labor supply and demand, experts say that issues related to: personnel structure; the appropriate assignment of jobs to employees; and wages, need to be addressed to meet Vietnam’s socioeconomic development targets.








Software technicians at CPS Vietnam Company. The country is facing a serious dearth of high-quality human resources, forcing many investors to recruit foreign workers to replace unqualified local employees. (Photo: Thehetre)

In particular, the country is facing a serious dearth of high-quality human resources in the course of implementing development projects, warned Dr. Hoang Van Chau, headmaster of the Foreign Trade University.


As a result, many foreign investors are forced to recruit foreign workers from the Philippines, Singapore and China to replace unqualified local workers, he said.


Developed countries have invested greatly in training human resources, which has helped them in terms of international economic integration, Mr. Chau added.


Therefore, it is imperative that Vietnamese businesses invest more in human resources training if they are to develop in a sustainable manner, he said.


To recruit workers that meet their needs, businesses should communicate directly with training centers and clearly indicate their criteria for qualified workers, said Nguyen Thanh Hiep, head of the Vocational Education Office under the HCMC Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs.


Companies should be willing to receive students on probation to help them practice skills before graduation to meet practical requirements of the labor market, he added.
 
Related article:
Cities face worker shortage, provinces report high unemployment 
 





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VNPT honored with Labor Hero title

In Vietnam Society on January 22, 2010 at 10:42 am

The Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group has won the Labor Hero title for its achievements over a long period of time.








VNPT receives the Labor Hero title in Hanoi on January 20 (Photo: SGGP)

The chairman of the National Assembly, Nguyen Phu Trong, who conferred the award at a ceremony in Hanoi January 20, called on VNPT to complete some difficult but important tasks entrusted to it by the Party, State, and people.


VNPT was spun off in 2006 from the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Corporation to become one of the country’s largest economic groups.


Last year it reported a turnover of VND78.6 trillion (US$4 billion), 30 percent higher than in 2008.


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Labor export website launches

In Vietnam Society on November 28, 2009 at 3:18 pm

The Department of Overseas Labor unveiled a website on labor export, www.dolab.gov.vn, November 27 in Hanoi.









Department head Nguyen Ngoc Quynh said that the website aims to computerize State management as well as provide information on labor export.


People can log on to the site for information about markets, recruitment, policies, and procedures to work abroad.


Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, Ms.Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan praised the launch of the website and expressed hope it would improve efficiency of labor export matters.


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Vietnam falls short of labor export target

In Vietnam Society on November 28, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Vietnam has fallen short of its target to send 90,000 laborers to work abroad this year as a consequence of the global economic crisis.









Nguyen Ngoc Quynh, Director of Overseas Labor Management Department announced the information on Nov. 27, noting that the total number of Vietnamese laborers leaving to work abroad in 2009 is expected fall 22 percent short of the country’s plan to around 70,000.


However, Vietnam is pinning high hopes on signs of recovery in the world labor market from now to the end of the year, Mr. Quynh said, adding that the country is making efforts to make full use of the traditional markets of Malaysia, Libya, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan and the Middle East.


According to Mr. Quynh, the project to provide assistance in poor districts to help locals export their labor has been stepped up, with over 600 workers being sent abroad and nearly 3,000 others receiving vocational training to prepare to work in foreign countries.


The Department is deploying a pilot project on vocational training in some fields of high demand in the world including welding, tourism and hospitality, and construction.


The Department on Nov. 27 launched its website in a bid to increase the transparency of information on labor exportation, making it easier for laborers to work abroad and preventing them from being exploited.


Vietnam had by the end of October exported over 58,200 workers abroad with Taiwan (China) being the country’s largest labor importer, followed by the Republic of Korea , Japan , the United Arab Emirates , Macao  (China) and Malaysia.


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