Workers at Pou Yuen Vietnam Co., Ltd. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Cases that workers stop working and gather in cities and provinces have decreased gradually and by June 16, most of the protesting workers resumed their work, said an official of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL).

Ngo Duy Hieu, head of the VGCL’s Labour Relations Department, attributed the result to efforts made by all-level trade unions nationwide which had stepped up the communication work and joined hands with the entire political system to stabilise the situation.

The official said since the beginning of June 2018, there have been online calls to employees to skip work and take to streets to oppose the National Assembly’s discussion on the Law on Special Administrative-Economic Units of Van Don, Bac Van Phong and Phu Quoc and the Law on Cyber Security.

Many leaflets with similar contents have also been scattered at rental houses and workplaces of workers in some cities and provinces, he added.

The first incident occurred at Pou Yuen Vietnam Co., Ltd. in Binh Tan district, Ho Chi Minh City. It was followed by several foreign-invested businesses in the southern provinces of Tien Giang, Tay Ninh and Long An, and Thai Binh, Quang Ninh and Bac Ninh provinces and Hai Phong city in the north, according to Hieu.

The situation reached its peak when workers of 38 enterprises in HCM City, and Long An, Tay Ninh and Tien Giang provinces missed work to take to streets on June 11.

VGCL leaders said the missing was not related to labour relations but sparked by external impacts.

Although there have been no losses of human life, machines and facilities, business owners expressed their concerns as their production activities have been affected.

The VGCL has coordinated with the Ministry of Information and Communications to send messages to residents and workers, urging them not to join crowds and stop working, and stay vigilant over bad people.

The agency has also delivered documents, leaflets, video clips, photos and appeals of the VGCL President via its website and facebook page, and newspapers in order to call on workers to reject false allegations of hostile forces.

Of note, all-level trade unions have dispatched its officials to localities to deal with issues relating to labourers, asking them to keep a close watch on the situation.

VGCL leaders have also underlined the need for all-level trade unions to intensify the information work and swiftly popularise policies and laws among workers.

It is a must to protect rights and interests of workers in line with legal regulations, they said.-VNA