Promote workers' rights, PM urges

Update: March, 11/2015 - 09:09
Students at a mechanical engineering class in northern Hung Yen Province's Trung Hoa Commune. The Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour should work closely with the Government to ensure the legal rights of workers, PM Dung has said. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuan

HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) to do a better job of protecting workers' rights, including improving their living conditions.

During a working session with leaders of the confederation and other ministries and government agencies yesterday, he said the VGCL should improve its co-ordination with local authorities when dealing with overdue salaries and social insurance.

There was general agreement, though, that co-ordination between the Government and the confederation has improved in recent years, especially in protecting the legal rights of workers, policy-making, information sharing and complaints related to working conditions.

The PM noted that 2015 was a key year in meeting targets of the country's latest five year (2011-2015) socio-economic development plan.

He said the labor union and the Government should work closely together on programmes that improve production while ensuring better housing and living conditions for workers.

The PM acknowledged efforts made by the Trade Union and other organisations to link with grassroots-level administrations and socio-political organisations in carrying out diverse activities to improve workers' living conditions.

Representatives proposed to the PM that the VGCL receives more funds to generate jobs for laid-off workers, develop housing for workers at industrial parks and for low-income earners in urban areas.

Dung responded that he would ask relevant ministries and agencies to study and offer incentives in housing, including the creation of a land fund for businesses to build houses for workers.

He also requested the designated agencies and the VGCL to develop a model under which a capital support fund will disburse loans to help poor workers get more training, enabling them to find jobs on their own or generate their own income.

The PM was also requested to direct the Ministry of Education and Training to work with the union on a 10-year (until 2025) national project to set up kindergartens for children under three years old at industrial zones and export processing zones. — VNS