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 Da Nang, Vietnam, on August 4-7 with the participation of 24 union leaders from industrial- and enterprise-level unions in the city and surrounding provinces.

This four-day seminar consisted basically of sessions on (1) the role and challenges of unions, (2) labour standards and constructive labour-management relations, (3) the productivity movement and unions, and (4) labour-management consultations and collective bargaining.

At the beginning of the seminar, VGCL Vice-President Mai Duc Chinh, in a speech titled “Changing Society and the Role of Unions,” explained the role of unions and the policies of the VGCL in a market economy and globalization. He also gave an outline of Vietnam’s Trade Union Law and Labour Protection Law, which have been fundamentally revised for the first time. The amended laws were passed by the Vietnamese National Assembly in July and are scheduled to be enforced in 2013. The vice-president stressed that the VGCL plans to carry out seminars and a nationwide campaign toward their implementation.

On the third day of the seminar, as 5S patrol practice, the participants visited a pharmaceutical plant in Da Nang to study its positive efforts and aspects that needed improvement from the viewpoint of the 3S (“seiri,” “seiton” and “seiso”).

In addition, since this program is a package aimed at fostering instructors in the workplace, a session was held in which past participants reported on their activities to promote the 5S and improve labour-management relations in their current workplaces.

The PROGRESS seminar was being in Vietnam for the third time following seminars in Hanoi in the north in fiscal 2010 and Ho Chi Minh City in the south in fiscal 2011. It is hoped that the movement will spread nationwide from now on.

After the seminar, the participants made such comments as “I will go back to my workplace and conduct activities to introduce the 5S and build constructive labour-management relations” and “I would like the organizers to consider holding a follow-up seminar and company-level seminars.”

※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 (Sort), seiton (Set things in order), seiso (Shine), seiketsu (standardize), and shitsuke (Sustain).


08/04SatPROGRESS Seminar (Day 1)
08/05SunPROGRESS Seminar (Day 2)
08/06MonPROGRESS Seminar (Day 3)
08/07TuePROGRESS Seminar (Day 4)

Photos of the Participants

The 5S patrol took place in a pharmaceutical plant

Announcing the results of the 5S patrol

Group photo with all of the participants