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20 Jul 2017

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Vietnam: Foreign invested enterprises tend to avoid hiring workers over 35 years old

"Workers over 35 squeezed out of jobs at foreign-invested firms", 20 July 2017

Foreign Invested Enterprises (FIEs), when recruiting workers, tend to choose those aged 15-18 and will not accept workers who are over 35 years old.

In order to avoid the charge of violating the labor law, FIEs plead low demand, renovation of technology or changes in business location to terminate labor contracts with workers who are over 35.

Nguyen Huu Tri from the Institute of Sociology and Management Sciences... said FIEs lay off workers aged over 35 because the workers have worse health than young workers. Since they have been working for enterprises for a longer time, employers have to pay higher salaries and allowances. 

The workers over 35 don’t have many opportunities to find new jobs if they are sacked by employers. They cannot return to their home villages to farm because the land has been used to build industrial zones.

Le Si Thiep from the National Academy of Public Administration commented that it is necessary to tighten management over FIEs to avoid problems in labor relations. He said Vietnam has a legal framework on the issue, but the laws have not been strictly obeyed.