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VGCL and International Partners meeting on strengthening development cooperation and future trends in Industrial Relations
From May 9-11, 2016, more than 70 representatives from the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL), Global Union Federations (GUF) and Trade Union Solidarity Support Organisations (TUSSOs) met in the VGCL Center for Convention and Training in Do Son/ Hai Phong City for their 6thInformation Sharing and Cooperation Meeting. This meeting takes place every two years since 2006 to exchange information among the VGCL and its international cooperation partners and to coordinate activities to achieve best results the protection and promotion of workers’ rights in Vietnam.
The meeting occurred at a time significant reform in industrial relations is being planned in Vietnam and was updated on VGCL internal developments and heard inspiring case studies of new methods of organising and collective bargaining from VGCL. These achievements have been assisted through the close collaboration with international partners as VGCL adapts to the needs of workers in the context of the market economy.
The meeting was supplemented with information on planned labour reforms as negotiated by the Vietnam Government in recent free trade agreements
The 2016 coordination meeting focused on the trade union reform agenda expected to take place in the coming years in response to challenges of international integration. The partners agreed in principle to adopt a joint platform on partnership for trade union development cooperation in Vietnam. This voluntary joint platform provide common principles for partnership that aim to facilitate effective cooperation in Vietnam with the VGCL as well as new emerging labour unions in the coming period. Participating organisations will consider endorsing the joint platform in the near future.
Inditex Union Network Building in Vietnam, 30th March – 1st April
The Spanish fashion giant INDITEX, better known for its most popular brand ZARA among many others, sources a considerable part of its production in more than 100 factories all over Vietnam. A Global Framework Agreement (GFA) between Inditex and IndustriALL is in place to regulate the implementation of international labour standards through out Inditex' global supply chain.
In the last two days, Trade Unions at enterprises supplying for Inditex in Southern provinces have met in Ho Chi Minh city to discuss an establishment of a national network in order to make use of the GFA in local context. FES is supporting the process as part of our Global Trade Union Pogramme with IndustriALL Global Union.
Vietnamese German Law Days 2016
The Vietnamese German-Law Days 2016 take place from 4th- 9th April. Established by the Hanoi Law University and FES Vietnam, these law days are a biannual conference to enter into dialogue and to discuss current law topics. The law week deals with free trade agreements and their influence on trade, investment laws and law on associations in Vietnam. We are glad that Prof. Dr. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kessler and Prof. Dr. Hanns-Christian Salger join the conference and share their experiences with us. The Hanoi Law University and FES Vietnam look forward to inspiring and productive panels. This even is also highlighted with a cultural evening with students from the German Language Club with songs and sketches on the Law on Associations.
FES Vietnam Newsletter October - December 2015
If you would like stay up to date about the activities of a German political foundation, our newsletter will keep you informed about Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) current projects and upcoming events. You will find reports and pictures of round table discussions, conferences and workshops by FES and our partners.
Library of FES Hanoi
Are you looking for information about recent political events in Vietnam, Germany or even worldwide? Are you studying German with a political or economic background? Or are you just interested in politics, economy and law and don't know where to find literature?
Now, you've got the opportunity!
The FES Hanoi opens its library to the public and provides an access to over 800 books and magazines covering up diverse subjects with regard to world events in a socio-economic or socio-political context.
Its opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9am - 12pm and 2pm - 5pm.
For further information please contact:
Ms. Tran Hong Hanh at +84 4 38 455 108 ext. 16