Vietnamese, Norwegian trade unions foster partnership hinh anh 1Workers at a garment factory (Photo: VNA)

The Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) and the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) signed a cooperation programme by 2018 at their talks in Hanoi on October 26.

The programme will promote negotiations on and the quality of collective labour agreements in selected businesses in Hanoi, and Hung Yen and Bac Ninh provinces.

It will also train staff members of local labour confederations and trade unions in developing trade union members.

For the rest of 2015, the programme is set to train 50 staff members of provincial and municipal confederations and open five 24-member classes for trade unions.

Over recent years, the VGCL and LO have conducted a number of cooperation activities including holding hundreds of workshops and training courses on various topics such as collective labour agreements, gender equality and law dissemination to labourers.

Joint surveys informed the VGCL’s formation of proposals on amendments to the labour code and the law on trade unions along with minimum wage suggestions.

Notably, the Hanoi Confederation of Labour and the LO-Oslo set up a bilateral partnership. A similar relationship was recently established between the trade unions of Vietnam’s agriculture and rural development sector and Norway’s food industry.-VNA