|A worker is speaking with her employer at a discussion session in company in HCM City. —.Photo nld.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Thirty per cent of companies hold discussion sessions each month to air employees' grievances, a survey by the Labour and Salary Department has found.
The remainder of the 120 companies surveyed held discussions once a quarter or annually.
"Many enterprises are attracting more labourers each year and unemployment has fallen, thanks to frequent discussions in the workplace," Le Xuan Thanh, deputy head of the department, said at a conference held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.
Businesses use these dialogues to work out solutions to difficulties in trade and production, and bridge the gap between employees and employer. Topics discussed include salaries, bonuses, social welfare and labour safety policies.
However, some enterprises can't hold these talks regularly because not many employees participate and there isn't enough time in the year, according to representatives from the firms. Also, employees' representatives focused solely on social welfare and didn't discuss ways to improve the companies' productivity.
At the conference, many enterprises said the regular dialogues would cost the companies time and money. It was also hard for them to share information with employees while keeping trade and technological secrets.
Pham Minh Huan, deputy minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said that aside from current regulations in the Law on Labour, the ministry would add more details to guide enterprises as they carry out these discussions.
Employers should be aware of their responsibility and the importance of holding talks with employees, he said. Sharing information in the workplace tightens the relationships between companies and their labourers, he added.
He also suggested trade unions organise training courses to improve negotiation skills. — VNS