Vietnam's joining ILO’s Convention 98 debated

(VOVWORLD) - Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh on Wednesday presented a report to the NA explaining issues surrounding Vietnam’s intention to join the International Labor Organization’s Convention 98 on the right to organize and do collective bargaining.
Vietnam's joining ILO’s Convention 98 debated - ảnh 1

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh presents a report on Vietnam’s joining the ILO’s Convention 98 (Photo:

Convention 98 is one of eight fundamental ILO conventions. As of January, 165 of 187 ILO members had signed the convention.

The convention is particularly important for Vietnam politically, legally, economically, and socially as it enhances international economic integration, national industrialization and modernization, and the building of a socialist law-governed State.

Ms. Thinh said: “Vietnam’s planned participation in Convention 98 will continue to specify the implementation of Party and State policies, will not go against the Constitution, will insist on respect for national independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, will reject the use or threat of force or interference in the internal affairs of other countries, and will pursue equality for mutual benefit towards securing Vietnam’s national interests during its international economic integration. Joining the convention will help Vietnam implement its political commitments under new-generation free trade agreements that require members to honor fundamental international labor standards.”

NA deputies agreed on the need to participate in Convention 98 and demonstrates Vietnam’s determination to honor its commitments on labor.

Deputy Ngo Duy Hieu of Hanoi said: “Vietnam’s decision to join the convention illustrates its activeness in international integration and efforts to create a positive labor environment to better protect the rights of workers. Of course, Vietnam should incorporate international regulations into its national laws to ensure consistency with other countries.”

The same day, the NA listened to reports on the revised Labor Code and the medium-term public investment plan for the 2016-2020 period.