At a meeting held in Hanoi Monday on draft amendments to the Labor Code, business representatives expressed concerns about a proposal to cut working hours for laborers by four hours to 44 per week. Under current regulations, workers will not have to work over 48 hours per week. Phan Thi Thanh Xuan, vice chairwoman of the Vietnam Leather, Footwear, and Handbag Association, said the industry she is working in uses 1.5 million laborers and at the moment, is having difficulties recruiting new staff. If the working hours are cut now, companies in the sector will have to hire more employees, and if they don’t, they will have to invest more in equipment and machinery to ensure output. Either way, companies will suffer higher production costs. The association has calculated that at 44 hours per week, footwear firms will have to recruit 10 percent more workers, which is a hard job. Finding new staff for the footwear and leather sectors has become problematic the days. It is common that factories making shoes and bags are now using many workers in their 50s. Xuan agreed that cutting working hours means more time to relax, but unskilled workers are likely to use the… Read full this story
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