A programme aiming to improve the capacity of businesses to create harmonious workplaces was launched in Hanoi on October 9, coordinated by Vietnamese and Norwegian organisations.

The programme is jointly carried out by the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises, the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL), and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).

From now until October 2015, the project will be implemented in 25-30 companies operating in different sectors in Hanoi and the neighbouring provinces of Bac Ninh and Hung Yen.

Workshops and training courses will be organised to enhance managers and trade union workers’ skills to negotiate collective labour agreements and apply new labour regulations in business administration.

Senior experts will also be invited to help companies improve their human resources management and workplace relations.

VGCL and VCCI representatives said Vietnamese businesses were facing increasing pressure to sustain harmonious relations between employers and employees due to the growing number of strikes.

Once industrial relations are stabilised, disputes and strikes will be reduced, while labour productivity, company competitiveness, and workers’ livelihoods will also be enhanced, thus contributing to economic growth in general, they added.-VNA