Vietnam labour confederation urged to promote workers' role

Friday, 2018-01-12 10:05:05
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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam
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NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has urged the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) to promote the role of the working class to prepare to ride the fourth industrial revolution.

Addressing a conference of the VGCL in Hanoi on January 12, the Deputy PM pointed out that Vietnam and other countries are embarking on the revolution, which requires deep integration, as well as renovation.

He praised the contributions made by the VGCL and trade unions at all levels to the national socio-economic achievements in 2017, and expressed his hope that the general confederation would continue its coordination with the Government to care for labourers’ lives.

At the conference, the VGCL set forth the tasks for all-level trade unions in 2018, focusing on preparing the 12th national trade union congress for the 2018-2023 tenure, and contributing to developing policies and laws directly related to trade union members and labourers.

Trade unions at all levels will increase their supervision of the implementation of policies and laws towards labourers, especially the adjustment of regional minimum wages in 2018, while working on the adjustment plan in 2019.

In 2017, the VGCL surpassed the target of 10 million members set for 2013-2018 tenure, the conference heard.

The confederation’s chapters were involved in the negotiation and signing of 27,866 collective labour contracts in 2017, up 817 contracts compared to 2016.

The trade unions also organised 30,641 regular dialogues with businesses, up nearly 39% against 2016, and 3,101 unexpected dialogues, a rise of close to 21% annually, helping to timely address the concerns of labourers at the grassroots level.