Lao labour ministry demands better protection of migrant workers

VIENTIANE- Laos’ Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has called on labour officials across Laos to do more to uphold the rights of Lao workers in/from other countries.

Anousone Khamsingsavath, Director-General of the Department of Employment under the Lao Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, said in a meeting to mark International Migrants Day.

Mr Khamsingsavath said on Friday that workers’ rights could be upheld by strengthening the legal mechanisms that govern workers’ status, Vientiane Mai newspaper reported.

The meeting, held in Lao capital, Vientiane, on Thursday to discuss ways to better safeguard migrant workers’ rights, with officials sharing their experiences.

The meeting was also to make suggestions in addition to discussing practical issues relating to development in ASEAN countries.

The Lao government is taking steps to improve the employment situation in Laos by partnering with the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other bodies in an effort to raise the minimum wage.

This was also to provide more people with vocational training and find jobs for returning migrant workers.

Laos’ Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare takes the lead in managing and safeguarding migrant workers’ rights.

According to the report, the ministry said it tried to improve macro-management by passing various legislation, including revision of the employment law. 

(Xinhua/NAN)

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