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President urges reform of trade union activities

Update: September, 26/2016 - 09:00
President Trần Đại Quang on Saturday urged the Việt Nam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) to reform its trade union activities. — Photo congdoan.vn
HÀ NỘI – President Trần Đại Quang on Saturday urged the Việt Nam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) to reform its trade union activities. 

Speaking at a meeting with the VGCL, the President emphasised that the country’s momentum toward greater international integration—with impending commitments to the ASEAN Community, the World Trade Organisation and a range of new-generation free trade agreements—will have many impacts on workers and trade union organisations. 

With this shift in mind, the VGCL and its chapters must renew their operations and diversify their activities to gather workers, the President said, also stressing his desire to see trade unions established at non-State enterprises. 

Trade union organisations must work harder to fulfil their roles of representing and protecting the legitimate rights and interests of unionists and workers—and also take an active role in the negotiation of collective labour agreements and the settling of labour disputes. 

Trade unions across the country have so far signed more than 26,100 collective labour agreements. As a result, 75.72 per cent of firms have trade unions. – VNS 

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