Decent Work and Social Protection (2017 - 2022)

Short term contract workers, migrant workers and informal economy workers remain largely uncovered and protected by the law

Informal and formal migrant workers often face poor working and living conditions, low and insecure incomes, and long working hours. While factory workers are usually paid slightly more than the minimum wage, this is often not enough to cover their daily needs and many have to work substantial amounts of overtime. A large number of migrant factory workers are employed on short-term labour contracts, and as a result, are unable to participate in social protection schemes. In addition, many migrant and informal workers are in precarious employment and cannot access social protection.


The Decent Work and Social Protection Project

Implementing locations     

Hanoi; Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, and Hai Phong provinces; Ho Chi Minh City; national level.

What we aim to achieve

As part of the Oxfam multi-country programme in Lao, Cambodia and Vietnam, the project helps the organised marginalised workers in Vietnam, particularly women, be able to exercise their rights and increase their economic and social resilience by influencing relevant decision makers to expand, finance, and deliver social protection more effectively and more equitably.

The project targets

  • Formal and informal migrant workers;
  • Civil society organisations;
  • Research institutes;
  • Employers;
  • Local and national governments.