President of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour Dang Ngoc Tung (VGCL) hosted a reception in Hanoi on October 12 to General Secretary of the Confederation of Indonesia Prosperous Trade Union (CIPTU) Eduard Marpaung.

Both sides explored the possibility of cooperation in training, collective negotiation, labour relations and forming of trade union networks at multi-national corporations.

Initiated by the CIPTU, the trade unions network will work to empower negotiations between employees and trade unions towards improving productivity at multi-national groups and the global supply chain. Employees and trade unions will also mutually benefit from collective agreement models and international framework agreements, including the convention of the International Labour Organisation and ASEAN policies on employment.

Marpaung said trade unions in each country will be responsible for forming their networks at multi-national corporations and extend partnership with those from other countries, towards creating a bloc protecting workers’ interests.

Tung pledged to consider Indonesia’s initiative and wished for further cooperation between the two sides.-VNA