Plans made to bring workers from COVID-19 affected areas back home hinh anh 1Vietnamese workers turning from Libya fill health declaration form at Noi Bai International Airport.

Hanoi (VNA) - Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung has issued a document to the ministry’s units on the situation of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Scenario to return 20,000 workers home from abroad

The Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs has asked the Department of Overseas Labour Management to promptly coordinate with relevant units to develop detailed response scenarios to ensure maximum benefits for workers in overseas markets, especially the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan (China) in case of the disease breaks out in these markets.

The department is also asked to review and make specific statistics on the number of workers working in overseas markets with details to each locality and region of each market.

In addition, it is assigned to develop plans for assisting guest workers and quarantining those returning home on the scales of 1,000 people, from 1,000-5,000 people, and from 5,000-20,000 people. In each plan, it is necessary to specify solutions to implement such as funding sources, manpower for implementation, means of transport and facilities.

Besides, it is necessary to launch mobile apps for Vietnamese workers abroad, especially in the Republic of Korea and Japan and under programnmes that the Overseas Labour Centre is carrying out.

Reviewing foreign workers in Vietnam

For foreign workers working in Vietnam, the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs has asked the Department of Employment to build a detailed response scenario to manage foreign workers coming from epidemic-hit areas or moving through different epidemic-hit areas, particularly China, the Republic of Korea and Japan.

Plans made to bring workers from COVID-19 affected areas back home hinh anh 2Foreign workers in countries that the COVID-19 is breaking out will have medical check-ups.

 
Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung has requested the Department of Employment to review all foreign workers who have been working in Vietnam, especially those in epidemic-hit countries like China, the Republic of Korea and Japan; and make specific statistics on the number of workers and experts working in each locality, particularly the number of employees and experts who are about to return to Vietnam to work in the coming future.

In addition, the department is asked to make plans on quarantine and medical treatment for foreign workers when they enter Vietnam on the scales of less than 100 people, from 100 - 1,000 people, and more than 2,000 people.

It is been also required to build plans to support businesses in case of labour shortage. Plans on granting or suspending licences for foreign workers in case of the epidemic outbreaks at different levels in many countries are also included.

Meanwhile, the Department of Industrial Relations and Wage is responsible for formulating plans to support enterprises and localities to deal with issues in case of workers going on strike or stopping working related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Proposals on severance pay for employees during the time of epidemic announcement in accordance with the Labor Code.

The Department of Social Insurance is assigned by Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung to study and propose plans on payment of sickness benefits for workers in quarantine.

According to the Department of Overseas Labour Administration, 2019 was the sixth consecutive year that the number of Vietnamese guest workers surpassed 100,000.

Japan continued leading in the labour market in 2019 with the reception of over 80,000 Vietnamese workers, followed by China’s Taiwan (54,480), the Republic of Korea (7,215), Romania (1,400), and Saudi Arabia (1,357)./.

VNA