ILO pledges to help Vietnam improve labour, social welfare policies hinh anh 1Politburo member and Head of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation Truong Thi Mai (R) meets with ILO Deputy Director-General Deborah Greenfield in Hanoi on August 27 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The International Labour Organisation (ILO) will continue to assist Vietnam in improving its labour and social welfare policies and dealing with emerging challenges as the country is in the process of transition to a market economy and international integration, ILO Deputy Director-General Deborah Greenfield has said.

Greenfield, who is on a visit to Vietnam where she attended the ILO’s centenary, made the commitment during a meeting with Politburo member and Head of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC)’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation Truong Thi Mai in Hanoi on August 27.

The ILO Deputy Director-General spoke highly of Vietnam’s labour and social reforms, especially in gender equality, social security and building harmonious, stable and progressive labour relations.

She also commended the Vietnamese National Assembly’s approval of the ILO Convention 98 on the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining at its recent session.

Mai, who is also Secretary of the CPVCC, congratulated the ILO on its 100th founding anniversary and praised the achievements the organisation has made over the past century for the goal of building peace on the basis of social equality.

The Party official affirmed that Vietnam is committed to accompanying the ILO for the noble goal which was also President Ho Chi Minh’s thought indicated in documents and decrees during the first days of the Vietnamese government right after the country regained independence in 1945.

The thought has been inherited and developed in accordance with each development stage of the country for the target of putting people in the centre; promoting and protecting legitimate rights and benefits of employees and employers; building a social security system; protecting vulnerable groups to left no one behind; setting up harmonious, stable and progressive labour relations based on the respect for the right to dialogue and bargaining of relevant sides, she added.-VNA