Labour-Management Relations and Productivity Seminar (PROGRESS) in Vietnam

JILAF and the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) jointly held a seminar on labour-management relations and productivity (PROGRESS) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on March 7-10 with the participation of 28 union leaders from industrial- and enterprise-level unions in the city and surrounding provinces.

This seminar consists of a participatory-type program in which participants study constructive labour-management relations, the productivity improvement movement (the so-called 5S and kaizen practices), labour-management negotiations, and other topics. The objective is for participants to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills through the program so that subsequently they can be active as trainers disseminating their experience in the workplace.

In fiscal 2012 (ending on March 31, 2012) the PROGRESS seminar was also held in Mongolia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. The seminar in Vietnam was the final one in fiscal 2012.

In the seminar, there were lectures and practical sessions on (1) the role and issues of labour unions, (2) labour standards and constructive labour-management relations, (3) the productivity movement and labour unions, and (4) dialogue and negotiations between labour and management. In addition, as 5S patrol practice, the participants visited Nhabe Garment Corporation, which manufactures suits and other clothing. There they studied how that company tackles the 5S principles and kaizen and, toward further improvement, offered suggestions about the placement of signs in the factory, the obligation to wear safe overalls, and the method of processing dangerous substances.

Other activities included mock collective bargaining and a talk with a management representative.

After the seminar, the participants made such comments as “I understood the important role of unions in improving productivity” and “I learned about the importance of building labour-management relations through dialogue.”

※PROGRESS = PROGram on Role of Trade Unions in Empowerment and Strategic Steps to Decent Work
※The 5S principles refer to the first letters of five Japanese words: seiri (sorting), seiton (systematic arrangement), seiso (spic and span), seiketsu (standardizing), and shitsuke (self-discipline).


03/07WedPROGRESS seminar (Day 1)
03/08ThuPROGRESS seminar (Day 2)
03/09FriPROGRESS seminar (Day 3)
03/10SatPROGRESS seminar (Day 4)

Photos of the Participants

Keynote speech by VGCL Vice-President Mai Duc Chinh

Group work presentation

Mock collective bargaining