At the launching ceremony (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Ministry of Labour Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Vietnam have launched the 2018 Labour Research Contest with the topic of “Research for exploring Industrial Relations practices and its reflection toward better policies”. 

MoLISA Deputy Minister Le Quan said the contest looks to seek new ideas, thus perfecting policies, the revised Labour Code, the Law on Employment, and the Law on Gender Equality.

Through the contest, which is the key activity in the framework of the ongoing “new labour relations” project in Vietnam, the organising board hopes to create initial experience for deploying larger research activities in the future, contributing to building a  database on labour relations in the country.

To build and implement policies on new labour relations, and promote new practices of voluntary bargaining and social dialogue, Quan said it is necessary to enhance theoretical and practical research activities of labour relations-related issues.

The first initiative of its kind aims to provide an opportunity for strengthening local research capacity on labour issues, especially industrial relations-related topics. The contest focuses on research skills using database and information for analysis and conceptualization.

It is also expected to connect researchers and policy-makers, towards taking advantages of high-quality labour research with useful and pragmatic findings to serve the policy-making process.

According to Director of ILO in Vietnam Chang Hee Lee, the five themes of the contest are “The effect of collective bargaining on wages and working conditions”, “Innovative mechanism to settle interest-based labour disputes through mediation”, “Linkage between social dialogue and business performance”, “Trade union rights in the context of Viet Nam’s trade union reform”, and “Gender-based discrimination in the workplace”.

He said the contest is one of efforts of the ILO and the Vietnamese Government to improve the ability of labour researchers and those on labour relations in particular, thus supporting the amendment of Vietnam’s labour law in line with commitments made when Vietnam joins free trade agreements, and those arising from the status of the ILO’s member nation.

Applicants, who are individuals of Vietnamese nationality or legally operated Vietnamese organisations in form of research teams, shall submit their applications with documents required by the organising board, including application form, budget proposal, and curriculum vitae. 

Applicants shall have opportunities to receive awards up to 100 million VND (4,400 USD) for two categories namely Grant awards for good research proposals and Grant awards for best papers.

Entries should be submitted before June 26, 2018. Applications and inquiries relating to this contest should be sent to email han_contest@ilo.org.-VNA