The Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) and the Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad (APHEDA) organised a workshop in Hanoi on November 11 to share training methods and programmes to help enhance the capacity of trade unionists in industrial parks and processing zones.

Identifying the training of trade unionists as a key task and prerequisite for a number of other activities, the VGCL devised a strategy and issued a resolution on the improvement of the quality of personnel training courses in 2010-2020, Vice President Tran Van Ly said.

Director of the APHEDA Office in the Mekong Delta Sharan Kumar KC said while the number of trade unionists in the world is relatively low that in Vietnam the number is on the rise.

He expressed his hope that Vietnamese trade union organisations will continue to expand their membership in the near future.

Participants at the workshop agreed that labour disputes are still quite common in industrial parks and processing zones, requiring the involvement of trade union officials to mediate.

With 8.3 million members at present, the VGCL is expected to increase its membership to 10 million by 2018.

Established in 1984, APHEDA acts as the overseas aid agency of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Since 1993, the organisation has implemented a number of trade union projects in Vietnam with a focus on negotiation skills, gender equality, and HIV/AIDS prevention and control.-VNA