Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — While violence and harassment in the workplace has received increasing attention from the public, a convention by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will serve as a useful tool enabling people to improve the prevention and response to violence and harassment at work. This was the focus of the discussion at a workshop held on Thursday in Hà Nội. The workshop focused on the ILO Convention on Ending Violence and Harassment against Women and Men in the World of Work, organised by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and CARE International in Việt Nam. Speaking at the workshop, Nguyễn Mạnh Cường, director of the International Cooperation Department under MOLISA, said that the workshop provided an opportunity for concerned parties to update each other on the context and progress of the ILO convention. “It’s also a chance for us to assess the possibility for … [Read more...] about Experts discuss methods to end violence, harassment at work
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Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Dialogues on occupational safety and health policies are essential to share information and increase understanding among employers, workers, trade unions and agencies, according to an official. Lê Tấn Dũng, deputy minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, made the comment at a dialogue of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health yesterday on polices and laws on labour safety and hygiene. He affirmed the dialogue was an opportunity to suggest, amend and supplement policies and laws to match reality. The meeting aims to discuss difficulties and obstacles in the implementation of the law on labour safety and hygiene. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), about 6,400 workers die each day worldwide as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases and 680,000 are injured at work a day. The burden of injury, sickness and death has led to severe human and economic damage, … [Read more...] about Dialogue on safety at work
In a new study, the International Labour Office (ILO) notes that in spite of continuous positive advances in anti-discrimination legislation, the global economic and social crisis has led to a higher risk of discrimination against certain groups such as migrant labour. "Economically adverse times are a breeding ground for discrimination at work and in society more broadly. We see this with the rise of populist solutions," said ILO director-general Juan Somavia, adding that "this threatens painstaking achievements of several decades". The report, entitledEquality at work: The continuing challenge, cites equality bodies which receive increased numbers of complaints, showing that workplace discrimination has become more varied, and discrimination on multiple grounds is becoming the rule rather than the exception. It also warns against a tendency during economic downturns to give lower priority to anti-discrimination policies and workers' rights in practice. "Austerity measures and … [Read more...] about Global economic crisis opens up new space for discrimination at work
In addition to providing job opportunities for 1,200 people living with or affected by HIV, the five-year HIV Workplace-based project helps prevent new HIV infections among nearly 90,000 employees at 118 enterprises country-wide. >> P2: Post-rehab people see bright future ahead >> P3: The happy HIV-positive machinist The US$3 million project was launched in 2008 by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in cooperation with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Vietnamese government. It has been estimated that 80 percent of 206,000 people living with HIV in Vietnam are in working age from 20 to 39 years old so local enterprises find it very necessary to prevent HIV at the workplace. Many benefits Dai Viet garment company, Transport Co-operative No.9, and the Ho Chi Minh City branch of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) are among 16 enterprises honored for their significant contributions to HIV … [Read more...] about Vietnamese enterprises join hands to prevent HIV at work
Skeptics say the prohibition could go the way of other unenforced and unfeasible laws issued earlier Drinkers attend the "Hanoi Beer Festival" held in downtown Hanoi in 2011. Since last year, many provinces across Vietnam have enforced regulations that ban civil servants from drinking during lunch or working days but the jury is still out with skeptics saying they have to wait and see how long the ban will last and how much it will deliver. The chief of the commune's Party Unit was sleeping on the desk. The commune mayor was also asleep, sitting in the chair. The room reeked of alcohol. They were woken up by an old woman who needed a document stamped. They shouted at her and she got out of the room to wait. Nguyen Thanh Binh, chief of the Ha Tinh Province's Party Unit, happened to see the woman outside the office and hear what happened to her. He entered the office and saw that the two commune leaders were indeed drunk during working hours. The incident happened one … [Read more...] about Vietnam set to widen ban on drinking at work, but will it work?