The Vietnam Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK) has announced fines for two Vietnamese workers sent to the country for violating labour contracts signed with their Korean employers.

Under Decree No 95/2013/ND-CP issued by the Vietnamese Government on fines for violations related to labour rights, social insurance and overseas labour contracts, the fines of 90 million VND (4,230 USD) and 100 million VND 4,700 (USD) have been imposed on Vu Van Duong and Ngo Van Hiep, respectively.

Duong, born in the northern province of Nam Dinh, escaped from his working place in the RoK on July 26, 2013. This broke his labour contract with his Korean employer, which would have run until May 15, 2014.

Meanwhile, Hiep, a worker from central Nghe An province, ran away from Incheon International Airport after entering the RoK on May 20.

The embassy has sent the announcement to the Overseas Labour Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs and the localities that are home to the two men.

A representative from the managing board for Vietnamese workers in the RoK said the body will continue to observe and report on such workers in the near future. These are expected to become a valid basis for relevant agencies to impose fines when necessary.-VNA