|Construction work underway on Ha Noi's Nhat Tan Bridge. A new co-operation agenda between the Government and the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) prioritises protection of workers' rights and interests in 2014. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung
HA NOI (VNS)— A new co-operation agenda agreed upon the Government and the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) sets the protection of workers' rights and interests and improvment of their living conditions as key priorities for 2014, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said yesterday.
Speaking at a working session with confederation officials, Dung said the agreement should galvanise Party and State policies on improving the lives of workers through practical measures like providing housing and kindergarten facilities in industrial zones with large numbers of workers.
The Prime Minister praised the VGCL's close coordination with the Government on workers' rights, suggesting both sides could create secure and comfortable conditions for workers.
Dung also urged the two sides to work together to examine the implementation of recently-issued policies concerning workers. The PM also suggested that cooperation efforts could focus on publicising the State's laws and delivering campaigns to foster improved working conditions across the country.
During the session, Dung and ministry and sector representatives also acknowledged the VGCL's proposals on law enforcement.
The latest cooperation agenda follows successful joint efforts between the Government and the VGCL last year, which saw both sides collaborate on legal documents regarding workers' rights and benefits.
Numerous activities supporting poor workers and privileged policy beneficiaries were also launched by the confederation. — VNS