VGCL, and efforts to improve working conditions in Vietnam.
has worked closely with the VGCL on workers' education, wrote in a
and the VGCL worked with the International Labor Organization (ILO) to
providing $2 million for a program to help the VGCL improve its
These observers point out that hundreds of unaffiliated (and therefore unofficial) "labor associations" have sprouted without significant repression, that the VGCL has evolved into a more aggressive advocate for workers, and in many recent cases, Vietnamese workers have gone on strike reportedly because they felt that they were not well-represented by the official union.
Vietnam's official news agencies--Thanhnien News, Vietnam Net, and Voice of Vietnam News--ran a series of reports in 2008 and 2009 describing problems with Vietnam's protection of workers' rights, the flaws of the VGCL, and efforts to improve working conditions in Vietnam.
Vietnam's Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the VGCL are currently working with the International Labor Organization (ILO) to finalize a new Labour Code and Trade Union Law, to be submitted to Vietnam's National Assembly for consideration in October 2011.
(58) The new labor law was to have been submitted in October 2010 (see "Labour Law Reform to Boost Integration," Vietnam News, April 2, 2010), but MOLISA and the VGCL requested a postponement from the National Assembly to permit more consultation with stakeholders.