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Da Nang (VNA) – Vietnam should complete labour standards and relations in order to fulfill its commitments to employment and trade union in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement to which the country is a signatory, heard a workshop in the central city of Da Nang on June 21.

Dr. Bui Sy Loi, deputy head of the National Assembly’s Social Affairs Committee, underlined the need for Vietnam to satisfy labour standards and relations stated in the 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work of the International Labour Organisation to which Vietnam is also a member.

At the same time, Vietnam should assess the agreement’s impacts on sectors and businesses while seeking specific measures to maximise opportunities afforded by the pact, he said.

Loi noted that joining the deal will help Vietnam speed up the perfection of the market economy mechanism, the restructuring of the economy and work force as well as the transformation of growth model.

His views were shared by Mai Duc Chinh, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL), who suggested adjusting and supplementing a number of contents of the Labour Code in order to meet TPP requirements.

It is necessary to ensure occupational health for female workers and lift the regulation banning women from certain jobs, he stressed.

He said apart from integration and development opportunities, the agreement will pose great challenges to trade union organisations, especially in fulfilling employment commitments.

Economic ministers from Vietnam and other 11 member nations signed the TPP agreement in Auckland, New Zealand, on February 4, 2016. The countries are on the process of ratifying and implementing the deal.-VNA