|The workshop is part of the ongoing project, "Strengthening the role of workers and trade unions," which began in 2012 with the support of the European Union to develop recommendations for policies regarding employee rights. — Photo vass
HA NOI (VNS) —The strengthening role of workers and trade unions are key factors to the success or failure of the nation's socio-economic development strategy to tackle poverty, Vietnamese and European experts stressed at the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and Naples University L'Orientale's workshop yesterday.
The workshop is part of the ongoing project, "Strengthening the role of workers and trade unions," which began in 2012 with the support of the European Union to develop recommendations for policies regarding employee rights.
The programme was designed to enhance the capacity of Vietnamese trade unions, to supervise and understand worker circumstances, to raise awareness about workers' rights and provide legal support to workers.
Speaking at the workshop, project co-ordinator Dr Michela Cerimele from Italy's University of Naples L'Orientale stressed that empowering employees is a key target in development strategies that are concerned with poverty reduction.
The scholar underlined the need to respect the basic rights of labourers such as decent incomes and providing welfare necessities.
So far, collaborators of the project conducted research studies and provided legal consultancy services for labourers working at industrial parks in Ha Noi, northern Hai Duong and Vinh Phuc provinces.
Training courses were arranged for members of labour unions in legal advice centres in the localities, educating them on international labour standards and legal consulting activities for labourers done in other countries.
Viet Nam has more than 7.5 million trade union members and over 110,000 grassroots trade unions from all economic sectors.
The country's rapid industrialisation has brought a large number of workers face-to-face with harsh and unforgiving working conditions in foreign-invested factories with typically little regard to labour rights.
The project has helped improve the effectiveness of studies on the needs of the workforce; provided legal consultancy assistance at provincial levels; and increased the labour unions' role in policy discussions to give a stronger voice to workers. — VNS