Policies needed to ensure sustainable livelihoods for disadvantaged group

Policies to ensure sustainable livelihoods for disadvantaged laborers must be resilient and not depend on outside support, heard a conference held by the Institute for Workers and Trade Unions in Ho Chi Minh City on July 31.
According to Vu Minh Tien, Deputy Director of the Institute for Workers and Trade Unions, disadvantaged workers, who find it difficult to secure stable jobs, account for 25 percent of total laborers in the country.
By the end of 2016, there were 13 million disadvantaged laborers, including 4.2 million people with disabilities, 6.5 million impoverished laborers, 1 million migrant workers, 180,000 laborers with HIV/AIDS and 190,000 drug addicts and prostitutes. Eighty percent of them live in rural areas and have received little education or vocational training.
Although disadvantaged laborers in rural areas can access state loans, they were still trapped in poverty, said Vo Van Tan, Chairman of Can Gio district’s trade union.
Vu Van Hieu, lecturer from Ton Duc Thang University, stressed that residence registration rules have been a barrier to migrant workers. They should not be used to distinguish between local people and migrants, which hampers migrant laborers’ access to job opportunities and other social services, he added.
For her part, Le Thi Nhung, lecturer of the University of Labor and Social Affairs, underlined that capacity, health, competence and public discrimination hampered disabled workers from finding work.

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