HA NOI — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has instructed the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) and trade unions at all levels to continue improving the living conditions for workers and protecting their legitimate interests.
|A group of doctors from 21 hospitals offer free health consultations and medicine to 500 workers at the Phu Thi Industrial Zone in Ha Noi's Gia Lam District in a programme organised by the Youth Union in co-operation with the city's Young Doctors Association. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Tran
At a working session with the presidium of the VGCL yesterday he also urged the organisation and trade unions to strive to reduce by half the number of strikes this year.
Dung stressed that issues relating to workers' employment and labour relationship remained complicated and the living conditions of workers would face difficulties this year. For these reasons, the Government and the VGCL should co-ordinate closely, focusing on building laws and policies relating to workers and cadres, improving their living conditions and dealing with strikes as well as workers' interests.
The VGCL and trade unions at all levels should increase the supervision of adopted laws and regulations to identify and deal with violations in order to build stable and harmonious labour relationships, he said.
The Government leader applauded efforts of the VGCL and trade unions in lawfully dealing with strikes, contributing to social and political stability as well as actively disseminating laws and information regarding social evils, traffic control and safety among workers.
The PM and leaders of relevant ministries and agencies discussed the VGCL's proposals relating to worker and cadre homes and their issues in the workplace.
At a working session with the Viet Nam Women's Union (VWU) the same day, the PM urged the VWU to focus on reducing poverty, improving the quality of human resources, promoting regulations on gender equality, and the control and prevention of domestic violence and women trafficking.
He noted that the VWU should pay attention to training as a means to improve labour quality, create jobs and increase income for female workers, particularly those in rural, mountainous and remote areas.
VWU Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa said the union had actively mobilised women to take part in movements of production and trade development. Women were encouraged to join the country's efforts to curb inflation, stabilise the macro-economy and ensure social security.
Trade unions at all levels have saved more than VND142 billion (US$6,800) and over 1,000 tonnes of rice to help disadvantaged households in the past.
The union has supervised the implementation of social security and poverty reduction policies, as well as information dissemination and education about the adoption of regulations relating to gender equality and support for women to develop the economy, Hoa said. — VNS