A programme supported by Denmark to assist the private business sector to strengthen capacity for trade unions, beginning in 2005, has brought remarkable results, said the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) on Oct. 26.

At a sum-up of the implementation of the programme’s second component, the VGCL assessed the programme after five years as having helped trade unions in Nghe An, Khanh Hoa and Lam Dong provinces attract more members and set up grassroots trade unions.

The programme also helped trade unionists improve capacity in negotiating, signing and supervising collective agreements on labour safety and hygiene, and settling disputes.

After five years, the three provinces’ trade unions admitted 30,500 members, set up 751 grassroots branches, and signed 238 new collective agreements.

The quality of these agreements was also improved, focusing on major issues such as salaries, working time, leave, welfare, bonuses and insurance.

The programme with financial support from the Danish International Development Cooperation Agency (DANIDA), aims to assist the Vietnamese Government, trade unions and employers to improve competitiveness in the business sector./.