The number of collective labour disputes cases are mainly reported in small-and-medium-sized businesses, a recent conference heard in Ho Chi Minh City.

In 2013, 96 cases with the involvement of over 34,000 employees were recorded across the city, mostly from garment and embroidery businesses in the districts of Hoc Mon, Cu Chi and Binh Tan.

Meanwhile, no similar cases occurred in the fields of cosmetics and mechanics, according to the municipal Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

Local businesses’ failures to carry out policies ensuring the legitimate rights of labourers are behind these quarrels, participants were told.

The department said solutions to the issue merely focus on addressing the consequences, while preventive measures have yet to be taken proactively.

Statistics on the number of bonded labourers should be made to facilitate supporting measures, it suggested.-VNA