Laos govt continues to assist workers affected by Covid-19 crisis

  • Laos
  • Monday, 24 Aug 2020


VIENTIANE, Aug. 24 (Xinhua): The Laos Federation of Trade Unions will continue to inspect factories in the capital Vientiane and the provinces to assess the ways in which the COVID-19 outbreak has affected workers and draw up plans to assist them.

Laos officials will collect data on the number of people who are now unemployed, which is expected to be high.

The figures will be submitted to the government so that solutions can be considered and people provided with new jobs where possible.

This was the message from the Director General of the federation’s Labour Protection Department, Phonesane Vilaymeng, when speaking to reporters during a visit to the factory in Laos capital Vientiane.

The visit was part of efforts to assess how the Covid-19 crisis had affected factory workers, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Monday.

Lao officials would also monitor factory managers’ compliance with the Law on Labour and related regulations concerning the payment of workers affected by the virus outbreak, he said.

Many workplaces had introduced staff rotation systems to reduce the number of people employed in offices and factories, meaning employees worked alternate days. But workers did not receive their normal salary.

A senior official from the ministry’s Department of Labour Management, who asked not to be named, said factory managers had been advised to comply with the special instructions issued in response to the unusual circumstances resulting from the virus outbreak.

Employers must continue to pay contributions to the Social Insurance Fund as well as pay workers’ wages.

The ministry has instructed Labour and Social Welfare Departments around the country to work with local authorities in providing detailed information about the number of people who need assistance.

It is hoped that workers returning to Laos after losing their jobs in other countries can find work with Laos businesses and receive appropriate training before taking up new employment.

Labor and Social Welfare Departments throughout the country are gathering information on the jobs available in each province and in Laos capital Vientiane.

Departments will provide supporting programs for people wanting to work on a freelance basis or be self-employed, as well as those who hope to find more work in other countries when borders reopen and businesses are prepared to hire foreign workers. - Xinhua
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