Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phu. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on September 23 said the Party, State, people and workers of Vietnam always treasure, be grateful to and highly value the great support and important contributions rendered by the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) to Vietnam during the wars of resistance for national independence and the national construction and defence.

The Government leader made the statement while receiving WFTU General Secretary George Mavrikos, who is visiting Vietnam and attending the 12th congress of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL). He highlighted that the WFTU held an international conference on solidarity with Vietnam, organized fund-raising activities for Vietnam during the wars.

PM Phuc also affirmed that the Party, State and Government of Vietnam have always supported and facilitated the VGCL to act as an active and responsible member of the WFTU through the stages of the revolution in Vietnam. Over the past year and under the leadership of the Party as well as the coordination from the State and other organizations in the political system, the VGCL has recorded vigorous development and conducted comprehensive reforms to take care of the workers’ interests and rights, he stressed.

The leader expressed his hope that the WFTU will continue supporting Vietnam and the VGCL in their national construction and development, international integration, as well as in protecting the legitimate rights and interests of workers and union members.

For his part, Mavrikos recalled the profound and friendly relations between the WFTU and the VGCL, and said his organization is now enjoying a strong development with a membership of 100 million workers throughout the world. He also expressed his joy at the unceasing development of the VGCL.

The official stressed that the WFTU always pays attention to the pushing up of the relations with the VGCL and stands ready to support it in the national construction and development, and spoke highly of the close coordination from the VGCL which, he said, contributed to the development of the WFTU.

Mavrikos also expressed his profound condolences over the passing away of President Tran Dai Quang, and PM Phuc expressed his thanks for this.-VNA