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VCCI to Enhance Employer Representative Roles

Posted: Monday, February 13, 2017


As the roles and position of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) are increasingly raised, the Government has entrusted more important tasks on VCCI. In particular, the employer-representing role will be one of VCCI’s key tasks in 2017.

In 2017, VCCI will actively raise its role in vocational training.

On legal advice: VCCI will continue to collect opinions on lawmaking and policymaking from enterprises and lift up the role of representing employers at central and provincial levels. The agency will focus on reviewing and determining scope and major contents pertaining to proposals to compilation of laws such as Labour Code and Trade Union Law in the context of upcoming signing of new generation trade agreements.

VCCI will execute Resolution 04 and Decision 1129/QD-TTg of the Prime Minister and Directive 22-CT/TW dated June 5, 2008 of the Party Secretariat to improve labour relations at the provincial level and prevent labour disputes and strikes.

VCCI will actively engage in the National Labour Relations Board, the National Wages Council, the Social Insurance Management Council and others in the capacity of an employer-representing organisation. It will join the National Labour Relations Board to pilot the formation of Provincial Labour Relations Committee. It will continue to strengthen its apparatus and support the establishment of provincial business associations.

VCCI will actively raise its roles in vocational training and connect schools with enterprises to build a capable workforce for Vietnam.

Earlier, in 2016, VCCI actively carried out action plans for implementation of Directive 22-CT/TW of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee on strengthening leadership in construction of harmonious, stable and progressive labour relations in the business. In 2016, VCCI continued to participate in policymaking concerning the perfection of organisational structure of employer representing agencies in Vietnam, e.g. reviewing and determining scope and major contents pertaining to proposals to compilation of laws such as Labour Code and Trade Union Law, in the context of upcoming signing of new generation trade agreements.

VCCI also actively participated in the National Labour Relations Board as a representative agency of employers with the aim of studying the construction of organisational structure and models for employer-representing agencies. It coordinated with the National Labour Relations Board to research plans for formation of collective bargaining agreements for tourism industry.

As a vice chairman of the National Wages Council, VCCI deeply engaged in the National Wages Council, a lead agency representing the voice of employer representatives. In 2016, VCCI organised technical meetings with employer-representing member agencies, domestic business associations, foreign business associations and professional associations to exchange and agree on a general plan of employer-representing agencies on minimum wage adjustment in 2017. As a result, the Council agreed with the Government on proposed minimum wage increase of 7.2 per cent in 2017 in comparison with 2016, and the Government issued Decree 153/2016/ND-CP dated November 14, 2016 on minimum wages in 2017 as proposed by the National Wages Council.

VCCI strengthened cooperation with international employer representatives such as the cooperation programme with the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) on deployment of cooperation programmes for enhanced capacity for businesses in shaping harmonious labour relations in the workplace; coordinated with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to pilot a programme on capacity building of employer representatives at the provincial level; worked with the Blue Ribbon Employer Council (BREC) on employment of persons with disabilities. With the above efforts, the Golden Global Award 2016 was bestowed on VCCI at the 13th International Education Business Partnership Conference (IPN) in Oslo (Norway).

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