President Truong Tan Sang (second right) meets World Federation of Trade Unions General Secretary George Mavrikos on Saturday in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
— President Truong Tan Sang praised the support from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) to Vietnamese workers in the past and at present.
He made the remarks at a reception for WFTU General Secretary George Mavrikos who was leading a delegation to attend the Presidential Council Conference of the WFTU in Ha Noi yesterday and Saturday.
Mavrikos highlighted the long-standing ties with the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) at the conference which was held to discuss measures to ensure jobs and stable living standards for employees
President Sang welcomed the WFTU in choosing Viet Nam as the host for the conference ahead of the 17th World Trade Union Congress which will take place in South Africa in October 2016.
He hailed WFTU efforts in fighting for the rights and interests of workers around the world.
The President expressed his belief that the solidarity between the working class and the will become stronger in the fight against poverty and slow development as well as aggressive war, arms races and climate change.
The struggle is for peace, national independence, social progress, and a better life for workers around the globe, he stressed.
In his speech delivered at the conference, President of the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) and WFTU Vice President Dang Ngoc Tung said the federation is the largest international agency of trade unions, representing workers and trade unions worldwide.
Tung stressed that the VGCL is an active and responsible member of the WFTU, and that it is making every effort to protect the rights of workers.
Tung said he believed that the conference would help turn the ideas and resolutions of the federation into practical actions.
WFTU General Secretary George Mavrikos said the WFTU officially launched preparations for the upcoming 17th World Trade Union.
Representatives of trade unions from the WFTU’s member nations were informed about preparations for the Conference and debated operational plans for 2016.
Established in Paris in 1945, the WFTU represents 92 million trade unionists in 126 countries.
The WFTU Presidential Council declared its support for Viet Nam as well as the country’s efforts to protect national sovereignty in the South China Sea (East Sea) by peaceful means in line with the UN Charter and international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The declaration was made in a resolution adopted by the WFTU Presidential Council meeting which wrapped up in Ha Noi yesterday after two days.
The resolution also gave full backing to the struggle for legitimate interests of labourers and their organisations across the world.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, VGCL President and WFTU Vice President Tung said that over the past 70 years, the Federation of Trade Unions has helped the international labour and trade union movements gain various triumphs. —VNS