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Trade unions play key role in ending protests

Update: February, 19/2016 - 08:57
The Inkel Vietnam Company in Ha Noi's Me Linh District agreed to increase minimum wage after workers went on strike demanding for salary rise in line with current regulations.— Photo laodong.com.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Trade unions continue to play a critical role in handling relationships between workers and their employers.

In the latest case, with help from the trade unions, the Inkel Vietnam Company in Ha Noi's Me Linh District agreed to increase minimum wage after workers went on strike demanding for salary rise in line with current regulations.

Upon hearing the decision, the workers agreed to get back to work.

Hundreds of workers at the company went on strike on Tuesday to oppose its unreasonable salary and its decision to slash bonuses for workers, in addition to firing some workers illegally.

The Ha Noi Labour Federation on Wednesday instructed labour unions in industrial and processing and export zones in the city to work with the relevant agencies to meet the company's workers and representatives to resolve the issue.

Representatives from the labour unions listened to the workers' complaints and recommendations and required the company to abide by Viet Nam's related labour regulations.

Later, on Wednesday, the company decided to increase the minimum wage for workers following a new Government decree. In addition, workers will still get their bonus as usual.

The Korean-invested company, which specialises in production of electronic products, also committed to not firing workers unreasonably. All workers were back to work as usual on Wednesday afternoon.

Deputy Head of the Management Board of the Ha Noi Industrial and Processing and Export Zones Ngo Chi Hung told Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper that the strike occurred as a result of the lack of a collective labour agreement that provided a stable foundation for industrial relations.

As a result, workers did not fully understand their rights and responsibilities, he said.

Workers did not send an official petition to the company's labour union or board of managers, leading to misunderstandings between the two sides, he said.

At the meeting with the trade unions, Director of the company Park Yong Seon apologised for the issue and said he would strictly punish the officials working as labour policy consultants of the company for not fulfilling their duties.

Chairman of the trade union of Ha Noi Industrial and Processing and Export Zones, Dinh Quoc Toan, told the newspaper that employers should pay more attention to their human resources management, and should work with labourers to build collective labour agreements. — VNS

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