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Laotian authorities admitted an increasing
number of Vietnamese and Chinese workers in Laos contributed to rising
unemployment among Laotians who are mostly unskilled workers.
Lao Minister for Labor and Social
Welfare Onchanh Thammavong said there are currently more than 290,000
Vietnamese and Chinese workers in Laos and most of them are undocumented.
Such circumstance, coupled with
the return of more than 12,000 Laotian workers from Thailand over the past five
months and the migration of Laotian workers in the provinces to look for jobs
in major cities, aggravated the employment situation among Laotians.
According to an initial estimate,
over 68,000 Lao workers became jobless, and that number has a tendency to rise
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Employers’
Representative Committee, Onsy Boutsyvongsak, explained that another important
factor contributing to the rising unemployment among Laotians was that most of
the Laotian workers were unskilled, thus falling short of meeting employers’
demands. Especially, those workers who came from the provinces were difficult
to improve their skills due to their lack of education.
Moreover, low wage scale was adopted
against the high cost of living that continues to rise in Laos.Although a government-approved increase in the
minimum wage from 290,000 kip to almost 400,000 kip per month has been in
effect since May, most employees have not
received the adjusted wage.
Such factor, among other things, pushes
them to sneak into Thailand to look for jobs, making them illegal and more vulnerable
to human trafficking.
Songrit Pongern reported in Lao and summarized in English. Listen to Songrit's report for more details in Lao.