JILAF, together with the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL), held an industrial relations and labour policy seminar in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on January 14–15 on the main theme of “The Role of Trade Unions in an Age of Globalization.” A total of 70 people participated, including VGCL union members and representatives from the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).
The JILAF speaker first gave an explanation of (1) globalization and the ASEAN Economic Community, (2) labour agreements, (3) the spring labour struggle in Japan, (4) the labour-management dispute resolution system in Japan, and (5) regarding minimum wages, the changing environment surrounding workers as a result of the advance of globalization. The JILAF speaker then explained how the transformation and experience of industrial relations in Japan (the balance between cooperation through labour-management consultations and confrontation through collective bargaining) would be useful for the establishment of stable industrial relations elsewhere, including those in multinational enterprises.
The VGCL then gave an explanation of the current situation and issues relating to labour agreements, the minimum wage, the amended labour law, and collective bargaining in Vietnam, as well as the VGCL’s campaign policies. Regarding labour agreements in particular, the VGCL speaker emphasized that “Many labour agreements are simply copies of the law and are not suited to the actual situation. The compilation and conclusion of labour agreements that really do benefit workers are an urgent matter.”
Speaking on behalf of employers, a representative of the VCCI gave a talk titled “Industrial Relations in Foreign Companies from the Perspective of Employers,” explaining the extent of the entry of foreign companies into Vietnam and the state of industrial relations in foreign companies and adding that “Overall, industrial relations are becoming more stable.”
In light of the above lectures, the participants then divided into groups to discuss such issues as “new approaches to organization in foreign companies” and ended the seminar by compiling and presenting action plans.
|01/14||Wed||Industrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminar (Day 1)|
|01/15||Thu||Industrial Relations and Labour Policy Seminar (Day 2)|