The Vietnam General Confederation of Labour has been urged to closely work with the Government in removing obstacles facing businesses in order to invigorate the country’s growth and job generation.

The close coordination will help the Government obtain its growth target of 5.8 percent in 2014 and create jobs for 1.5 million labourers, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said at the fourth meeting of the confederation’s executive board in Hanoi on June 6.

The confederation should continue working with authorities at all levels in restructuring the economy, building new rural areas and developing fisheries trade unions, in order to protect offshore fishermen who contribute to safeguarding the country’s sacred sea and island sovereignty, he added.

PM Dung also asked the trade unions to closely cooperate with authorities to pay more attention to improving labourers’ lives, protecting their legitimate rights and benefits and supporting institutional reforms, while performing the Party and State’s policies of global integration.

He affirmed that the Government will work with the confederation and ministries to issue preferential policies, facilitating fishermen’s operations at sea for economic development and poverty reduction, thus contributing to safeguarding national sovereignty.

On China’s positioning of its drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 in Vietnamese waters, PM Dung stressed that China’s actions are a serious violation of international law and threaten peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea. He declared that Vietnam has used all peaceful measures in accordance with international law to demand China immediately withdraw the rig from Vietnam’s waters.

Regarding demonstrations triggered by China’s illegal actions occurring in some localities, with some extremists seizing the opportunity to destroy the property of many businesses, including foreign-invested firms, the trade unions made all-out efforts in preventing destruction and assisting damaged companies, thus strengthening investor’s trust, he noted.

A statement protesting China’s illegal placement of its rig in Vietnam’s waters is expected to be issued by the confederation following a two-day executive meeting.-VNA