Fines are not enough

THE report in the local Press about Vietnamese labourers working for a company being denied the mid-day break as stipulated by law is yet another example of how companies openly flout rules and regulations. There are still several companies, which have not implemented the mid-day break rule for the labourers working for them during the summer months of July and August.

By The Monitor

Published: Fri 19 Aug 2005, 12:05 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:14 PM

We do appreciate the endeavours of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in ensuring compliance with laws. However, ground realities indicate that there is need for new legislations to be enacted and put in place since mere slapping of fines has not been punitive or deterrent enough to stop such violations.

The ministry should also look into the issue of labourers living in unhygienic conditions in labour camps, which can lead to spread of diseases. The ministry should ensure that the labour camps are maintained well, and that the labourers are living in good atmosphere.

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