US experts shared their experience in ensuring labour safety and sanitation with their Vietnamese peers at a workshop held by the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and the US Department of Labour (DoL) in Hanoi on December 4.

Participants agreed that Vietnam has seen positive progress in this work, with bettered laws related to labour safety and sanitation, improved labourers’ health and a harmony between labour relation and others.

MoLISA Deputy Minister Doan Mau Diep said that over the past years, the ministry has maintained close coordination with the International Labour Organisation, Japan , Germany , and the Republic of Korea in the labour field.

It hopes for more cooperation and information sharing with the US , which is one of the world’s leaders in ensuring labour safety and sanitation, he added.

Mark Mittelhauser, DoL representative, stressed the urgent need to ensure labour safety and sanitation as accidents at work can kill up to 60 people per day and nations have to spend 4 percent of their GDP on compensations.

Vietnam and the US are able to collaborate more closely in hot issues related to the work, particularly child labour, he stated.

Participants also called for joint efforts from State agencies, organisations, associations as well as employers and employees themselves in ensuring labour safety and sanitation.-VNA