A centre to support the development of labour relations was officially opened at a ceremony in Hanoi on June 3. The centre, under the auspices of the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), will play an intermediary role in negotiations and help to settle labour disputes in addition to providing technical assistance and training in the fields of negotiations and the signing of labour agreements. It will provide consultancy regarding labour relations, forecast situations and development trends in labour relations, as well as compile and manage a database of relevant fields. Addressing the ceremony, the MoLISA Deputy Minister Pham Minh Huan, stated that countries with a developed market economy and stable labour relations all maintain the four essential institutions of consultancy, management, arbitration and support in regard to labour matters. Vietnam has only three institutions, namely the National Labour Relations Committee who deal with information, the … [Read more...] about Vietnam tries to ensure better labour relations
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City seeks to create more jobs for a better-trained labour force (23-02-2007) Students in HCM City seek job opportunities at an employment promotion fair. The city has targeted reducing the unemployment rate to under 5 per cent by 2010. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai HCM CITY — The HCM City Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has set a target of reducing the city's unemployment rate from the current 5.4 per cent to less than five per cent by 2010, according to its deputy director Dinh Kim Hoang. Hoang said a reduction in the number of unemployed people was one of the most important objectives of an overall programme that the department had outlined to develop the local labour market by 2010. Under the programme, by 2010 the city each year will have to create about 240,000 jobs. About 250,000 people are expected to be employed in 2007. Hoang said that the city government viewed human resources development and job creation as its main tasks. This new labour … [Read more...] about City seeks to create more jobs for a better-trained labour force
It's time project managers paid more attention to labour safety (12-08-2009) Pham Gia Luong, deputy head of the Department of Labour Safety of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, spoke to Dai Doan Ket (Great Unity) newspaper about construction site safety. Who has been held responsible for a recent spate of accidents and deaths on constructions sites? We must consider objective and subjective reasons before drawing conclusion about accidents. Labour safety violations were attributed 30 per cent to workers and 25 per cent to employers. Health checks for workers were not carried out appropriately. For example, a worker who can work at the height of 4m may be unable to work at 30m. The health sector and the construction sector have not co-operated effectively. Investors don't invest in labour safety equipment, while the Government and relevant ministries and agencies lack inspection and supervision. Before construction starts, projects must produce a plan to supervise … [Read more...] about It’s time project managers paid more attention to labour safety
HCM CITY — In mid-July, Luu Thanh Luong from Vinh Long Province visited an employment office in HCM City's Binh Tan District in hopes of finding a job as a sewing machine operator. After paying a fee of VND80,000 (US$4), he was sent to a garment workshop, but the manager refused to give him a job. "He said he needed a designer instead," Luong recalled. Luong then returned to the job centre and asked to be sent to another company, but the receptionist told him that the fee covered only one visit. Tran Anh Hung, from the northern province of Bac Ninh, who was looking for a job as a waiter, encountered an even more disturbing problem. "When I went to a job office on District 3's Nguyen Van Dang Street, I was asked to pay VND120,000 and was told that I would not receive a refund if the job was not right for me," Hung said. "An office worker gave me an address of a restaurant on Ly Chinh Thang Street in District 3. I couldn't find it so I returned to the job office and was told … [Read more...] about Crackdown starts on job agencies
On September 26 2005, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) organised a dialogue between representatives from enterprises in some northern province and the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the Vietnam Labour Confederation (VGCL). This was to help enterprises to talk about their urgent issues and suggestions with officials from MOLISA and VGCL. The activity was also part of preparations for the annual meeting between the Prime Minister and enterprises in 2005. Labour relations has become an issue which has begun to attract more attention from enterprises. It has also been increasingly disputed. Over the past number of years, VCCI has promoted its co-operation with relevant agencies to discuss the issues with enterprises. Vu Tien Loc, president of VCCI, affirmed that the quality of the labour force would determine enterprises' competitiveness and that labour relations was a decisive factor in the quality of the labour force. Nguyen Hoa Binh, … [Read more...] about Compulsory Social Insurance for Labourers?