Labor Ministry: Labor Contract Not Necessary To Collect Back Wages

June 17, 2005

The Ministry of Labor issued regulations on June 15 saying that workers who have not signed labor contracts can still obtain their back wages. Recognizing that workers who have not been given work contracts have difficulty proving their work record, the Ministry listed a number of different kinds of proof to be used in place of a work contract. Work unit records of wages and social security payments, worker identifications, service card identifications, credential check lists, and notes from workers are among the documents acceptable as proof of work performed. If no paper evidence exists, inspectors can consult fellow workers and other employees, according to the regulations.