Steps are being taken, but it seems that sexual harassment-free workplaces in Vietnam are still some way off. "You must accept having an affair with the boss and ensure it creates no problems for his family or yours." These words in a recruitment email for an accountant position posted on many forums and social websites recently shocked the public with its offensive "job description". Such "requirements", though, are all too common. After the furor the email caused many women said they were also expected to have affairs with senior or male colleagues as part of their job. Workplace sexual harassment is rife in Vietnam. In addition to having expectations clearly laid out, there are many other instances of sexual harassment that are simply not recognized as such. The first-ever code to combat sexual harassment at work in Vietnam was released recently, which is a start at least. In many parts of the world, sexual harassment is recognized as a serious problem facing women in the workplace. … [Read more...] about More than annoying
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'Harassment disease' blamed for sluggish economic growth (16-05-2005) State and local officials who abuse their power and harass employees and citizens is an ongoing problem, and the slow process of administrative reform hasn't helped. Nguyen Ky, a senior advisor to the Prime Minister on administrative reform, spoke to Nguoi Lao Dong(The Labourer) newspaper. "Hanh dan", or "harassment" among public sector employees remains a big problem. How would you diagnose this "disease"? "Harassment" in the public sector is obvious and it has become a daily topic for the media. This "harassment" is described as hindrances that discourages enterprises from being efficient, thereby slowing down the country's economic development. The Government has recently created a working group consisting of representatives from different economic sectors to settle complaints and petitions from enterprises. Do you think this is the best solution to the problem? It is absolutely necessary. I'm confident that the … [Read more...] about ‘Harassment disease’ blamed for sluggish economic growth
HCM City offers more DPT vaccines The HCM City Preventive Health Centre yesterday told health officials in districts to ensure the provision of the fourth shot of the combined vaccine against diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DPT) to children aged 18 to 48 months. Only 12,889 out of 108,679 children had received the DPT vaccine as of September 30. District 4 had the highest rate of DPT vaccinated children in the city, with 54 per cent. Dr Lê Hồng Nga, the centre’s general planning division, spoke at a monthly meeting on disease prevention with the city’s Department of Health held yesterday. The districts of Bình Thạnh, 7, Cần Giờ and Tân Phú had the lowest rate, under 10 per cent, she said. Health officials in many districts such as Tân Phú District put posters on walls of apartment buildings, kindergartens and schools, calling on parents to review the vaccination schedule of their children as well as the provision of the fourth shot. The city has not yet recorded any new … [Read more...] about Social News 8/10
Hanoi office rents down slightly in Q3 Hanoi’s office segment has experienced a slight decline in rental prices according to the latest report from Savills on the capital’s real estate market in the third quarter, released on October 12. The report showed that average rents fell 0.5 per cent quarter-on-quarter due to downward adjustments to both Grade A and C office space but increased 3 per cent year-on-year. Average occupancy showed an improvement of 2.2 ppts quarter-on-quarter and 2.8 ppts year-on-year, mostly due to Grade B increases of 2.9 ppts quarter-on-quarter and Grade A increases of 2.3 ppts quarter-on-quarter. Hanoi’s office stock remained stable quarter-on-quarter but increased 9 per cent year-on-year. In the final quarter of the year one project will enter the market, supplying approximately 11,300 sq m. Total take-up was approximately 23,000 sq m. Grade B led with approximately 18,000 sq m followed by Grade A with 8,400 sq m and Grade C with 4,300 sq m. It is expected … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 14/10
VNSO Concert Tour to USA Sun 23 Oct 2011, 2 pm Carnegie Hall Mon, 24 Oct 2011, 8 pm Boston Symphony Hall VNSO will have a concert tour to USA this October with conductor HONNA Tetsuji, violin Le Hoai Nam and VNSO. VNSO will perform famous works of S.Barber, A.Dvorak, as well as some Vietnamese works. PROGRAM S.Barber: Adagio for String Đàm Linh: Violin concerto “ Thăng long” A.Dvorak: Symphony No.8 G Major Op.88 Trong Com (Vietnamese folk song, arranged for the orchestra by Ngo Hoang Quan) Ly Hoai Nam (Vietnamese folk song, arranged for the orchestra by Ngo Hoang Quan) Tickets Sun 23 Oct 2011 Tickets: $60, $40, $25(Students/seniors 50% discount with proper ID at the Box Office) Box Office: 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York City CarnegieCharge: 212-247-7800, www.carnegiehall.org Monday 24 Oct 2011 Tickets: $55, $35, $25 (Students/seniors 50% discount with proper ID at the Box Office) Box Office: 301 Massachsetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts SymphonyCharge: … [Read more...] about EVENTS FROM OCTOBER 23 TO 31
by Son Pham She told me she was a prostitute. I used to think about her that way, all the time we had chatted on the Internet. "I work as a prostitute. And you know what a prostitute's job is like. I am surfing on the Internet to look for customers and I met you. But you are not a customer. You're someone I've chosen just for a chat, you know. My job is so hazardous. Apart from 'receiving my customers', I have nothing to do. During my spare time, I feel so dull and fed up with life, while my friends are sitting in a coffee house, talking, playing cards and smoking…. But I don't like that! I like surfing the net to talk with other people to relieve my sadness, and I also try to look for customers…." She led me step by step into her story. So naturally. So sweetly. And I wondered why I placed my confidence in her. She and I got to know each other through Yahoo! Messenger "Hi, are you having a good time?" She found me one day on the net. Her username was a of bit … [Read more...] about How Can You Tell She Is A Prostitute?
Adecco Vietnam has launched its fourth Salary Guide, which includes an update and overview of salary information for key positions in various sectors and industries.It covers seven industries in which the company specialises, such as finance and banking, legal and compliance, office, sales marketing and events, information technology, engineering and technical fields, and medical and life sciences.It is based on Adecco Vietnam’s permanent positions and client and employee needs.The information includes job description, salary range and years of work experience.Andree Mangels, general director of Adecco Vietnam, said “While Viet Nam has an abundance of young labourers, youth unemployment remains high as the gap between academic training and real world business skills has widened. Talent shortages, especially among senior level jobs, continue to be a challenge for businesses as companies tried to engage and retain their existing talent base.“While compensation plays a … [Read more...] about 2017 salary guide reveals top-paying jobs
Illustration by Dao Quoc Huy by Thu Tran In a continuous and weary journey, Lam searched for himself within a vague hallucinatory experience. During this trip through his dreams, he was tortured by terrible nightmares: being driven to hell where giant beasts were opening their mouths wide to swallow him, floating in the immense sea or mournfully howling like a wolf under the dim light of the crescent moon during rutting season. He looked at himself in the mirror and realised that he was still handsome and gentle, like a hero who had just returned home from the deep blue sea. As the renowned director of a company that made equipment for ocean-going ships with a beautiful wife and nice children, he led a happy life full of riches. In the eyes of his neighbours and employees, he was successful both in life and in business. Yet, from the bottom of his heart, he did not know what had made him so famous. As he put on his checked necktie while getting ready for work, his wife brought him … [Read more...] about The flamingo doesn’t return
Many anti-corruption measures have been introduced but their effectiveness is still limited, Nguyen Dinh Quyen, Deputy Chair of the National Assembly Legal Committee, told Lao dong (Labourer). In your opinion, what are the subjective reasons that make our fight against corruption ineffective? Quite a number of agencies have lamented that the existing measures have created several loopholes and overlaps that impede our efforts in the fight against corruption, particularly the measure called xin and cho (ask and give). In my opinion, our institutions and legal documents are rather comprehensive - an important tool in implementing anti-corruption laws. However, the weakness lies with the inconsistencies and discord found in our legal documents. As a result, some people or groups have abused existing loopholes in order to trouble the water in service of their own interests. In the worst case, they put our national interest and security at risk. Here I just want to stress: if we … [Read more...] about Anti-corruption laws in place but how to make them work?
It has been argued that an ongoing project to better define civil service positions will lead to an increase in staff numbers. Tran Anh Tuan, Home Affairs deputy minister, spoke with VNA to shed light on the issue. Did the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) foresee any problems when the project was drawn up? Yes, we did anticipate some problems that could materialise as the project was being carried out. As we all know, to define a civil service position is a big change from the old practices that were used to manage staff to the new management approach, which is based on a combination of job description and service position. Doing it this way is essential, as it helps us to eliminate the old tradition of "ask and give" and no differentiation made between hard working or lazy staff. That's why during the project's implementation we need close co-operation from civil servants/public employees and the authorities to ensure that the positions which are elected or appointed will address … [Read more...] about Ministry revamps civil service