The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs on Jan. 25 held a seminar on Vietnam’s labour law with the participation of over 100 Republic of Korea (RoK) invested enterprises.

The seminar aimed to raise awareness of labour law and help RoK enterprises avoid employment disputes.

In Ho Chi Minh City, there are 3,425 foreign-invested businesses with 439,672 employees. RoK businesses account for 20 percent, with 688 businesses.

However, among 36 strikes in foreign-invested businesses last year, 21 cases happened in the RoK businesses. According to the statistics, only 18 percent of RoK businesses signed collective labour contracts with employees and 39 percent of businesses set up their own labour regulations.

At the event, Nguyen Van Xe, deputy director of the municipal department proposed the enterprises establish trade unions to protect employees’ interests and facilitate contacts between employers and workers./.