Industrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminar in Vietnam (December)

JILAF, together with the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL), held an industrial relations and labour policy seminar in Hanoi, Vietnam, on December 10–11 on the main theme of “Building Constructive Labour-Management Relations in Foreign Companies.” A total of 65 people participated in the seminar, including VGCL union members and representatives from the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA).

In a lecture titled “The Improvement of Employment and Living Conditions by Building Constructive Industrial Relations: The Postwar History of the Japanese Labour Movement and Characteristics of Japanese Industrial Relations,” the JILAF speaker first of all gave an account of the changes encompassing workers as a result of globalization and then went on to explain that the transformation of industrial relations in Japan (blending cooperation through labour-management consultations and confrontation through collective bargaining) would be useful for the stabilization of industrial relations in Asian countries, including labour-management relations in multinational enterprises. Incorporating some anecdotes in his talk, the JILAF speaker also emphasized the importance of, among other things, (1) basic organizational management based on revenue from union dues; (2) organizational expansion and unionization, including the embracing of informal-sector workers; (3) solidarity among national centers and unity of the labour movement; and (4) empathy for the movement from society and union members. In addition, the JILAF speaker outlined economic trends in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region and the impact on the labour market of the ASEAN Economic Community, which is expected to be formed in the future.

In a lecture titled “Industrial Relations and Labour Agreements in Foreign Companies,” a VGCL speaker gave an explanation of the labour situation in Vietnam, the present state of labour agreements, and the VGCL’s policies, as well as the frequent outbreak of strikes in foreign companies. The speaker explained that the VGCL is making various efforts to build constructive industrial relations emphasizing labour-management dialogue.

As a representative of employers, Deputy Director Ms. Hop of the VCCI’s Bureau for Employers’ Activities gave a talk titled “Globalization and Industrial Relations from the Viewpoint of Employers,” explaining about the role of the VCCI in Vietnam, the main issues at present, and changes in industrial relations as a result of globalization (especially the increased number of foreign companies).

These lectures were followed by group discussions on “the building of constructive industrial relations and strengthening and development of the trade union movement in an age of globalization,” and the seminar ended with the compilation and presentation of action plans.

Schedule

DateContents
12/10TueIndustrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminar (Day 1)
12/11WedIndustrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminar (Day 2)

Photos of Participants

Lecture by JILAF

Lively discussions

Lecture by management

Participants enthusiastically compile action plans.

A participant presents his action plan.

Group photo