Vietnam lags far behind in setting healthy work hours: lawmakers

Vietnam is 80 years behind developed countries in approving a 40-hour work week law, which is needed to ensure workers’ quality of life, lawmakers say. 

On another proposal from the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs to increase overtime cap from 300 hours a year to 400, Ho Chi Minh City party chief Nguyen Thien Nhan said that in the short term, this could increase employees’ income and businesses’ profits, but in the long term, workers’ health will decline.

The proposals on work hours and overtime cap are set to be voted on during the ongoing session of the National Assembly that will run until November 27.

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Hoang Thuy, Viet Tuan