The Vietnam General Confederation of Labour proposed reducing working time to balance the benefit of employers and workers. (Photo: VNA) The Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) has requested the drafters of the revised Labour Code maintain the proposal to cut working time from 48 hours per week to 44 hours per week. The draft text was tabled in the National Assembly on May 29, and is under review. Among the amendments is a proposal to reduce working time from 48 hours per week to 44 hours per week, which has attracted diverse public comments. Enterprises and employers have said reducing the working week would harm industry and the economy, since such regulation will reduce export value. They also said countries in the region have much higher overtime hours than Vietnam. Speaking at a meeting of the VGCL Hanoi on September 9, Ngo Duy Hieu, Vice President of VGCL, however, reducing working hours is a progressive trend of mankind. “The need for increasing productivity has to go along with maintaining worker’s health, their ability for labour power reproduction and giving time for workers to take care of their families and to take part in social activities,” Hieu said. Currently, Vietnam’s… Read full this story
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