10:39 | 04/03/2016 Economy- Society
(VEN) - The Vietnam National Union of Workers in Industry and Trade (VUIT) is committed to continuing to improving its status among Vietnamese trade unions.
The Vietnam National Union of Workers in Industry and Trade and its Japanese counterpart coordinates a union activity
Contributing to improving union prestige in Vietnam
At a recent conference to review the VUIT’s activities in 2015 and to prepare plans for 2016, Vu Truong Son, the Chief Office at the VUIT, admitted that increasing international integration has helped Vietnam promote the exchange of information with other countries, especially in terms of trade unions. Moreover, thanks to the increasing number of signed free trade agreements, Vietnam has recorded growing foreign direct investment, which helps create opportunities for workers to move to work from one country to another while requiring trade unions to further strengthen their organizational activities, including staff capacity improvements and negotiation skills.
Recognizing that, the VUIT has overcome many limitations to successfully organize six abroad working delegations, welcome eight foreign delegations on bilateral working sessions and five foreign delegations on event coordination. As an affiliate of the IndustriALL Global Union, the VUIT has attended some of the activities organized by this organization abroad and has continued to strengthen its relations with Lao, Japanese, Korean, Belgian, Australian, and German counterparts.
According to Vu Truong Son, last year’s activities with foreign counterparts helped VUIT staff improve their knowledge in all aspects including communication and negotiation skills, introduce the VUIT to international friends, establish and promote international union relations and cooperation in training.
Effective measures to boost foreign coordinated union activities in focus
According to VUIT Vice President Nguyen Xuan Thai, the VUIT has still faced challenges in the implementation of foreign coordinated union activities, resulting in passive effects. Therefore, it will in 2016 focus on renovating foreign coordinated union activities, improving the effectiveness of external communications, strengthening relations with foreign counterparts and boosting traditional union relations in order to further expand relations with other foreign trade unions. Moreover, the VUIT will continue to improve the exchange and dissemination of international union information.
According to Vo Van Nhat, the Deputy Head of External Relations under the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor, the newly-formed ASEAN Economic Community will provide domestic workers more opportunities to move to work in regional countries including Myanmar and Thailand. This poses a big question for the VUIT on how to improve its staff knowledge to promote foreign coordinated union activities as well as to integrate into the IndustriALL Global Union.
Vo Van Nhat, the Deputy Head of External Relations under the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor:
The Vietnam National Union of Workers in Industry and Trade should further improve its staff knowledge as well as operational efficiency, especially in terms of union information exchange and international union integration.