Vietnam's PM calls on unions to help reduce labor strikes

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Vietnam's Prime Minister on Wednesday asked the country's Labor Union to offer laborers incentives aimed at reducing wildcat strikes by at least half this year.

Nguyen Tan Dung said during a meeting with Vietnam's Labor Union that the agency must work with local unions to safeguard the lives of laborers and to protect their rights more vigilantly, Saigon Tiep Thi reported.

A wildcat strike is a spontaneous strike not authorized by the labor union.

Dung said the unions should regularly check the implementation of labor laws at businesses and report any problems of the laborers to the government so that instances of unfairness would be resolved quickly.

Early this year, Deputy PM Nguyen Thien Nhan also ordered better labor policies, in response to the 900 wildcat strikes which took place in 2011, twice the number of the previous year.

A report by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs showed that the number of wildcat strikes has been increasing over the years, with more than 4,100 since 1995.


Vietnam deputy PM orders better labor policies given soaring strikes

Most of them, or 75.4 percent, occurred at businesses invested in by Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.

Labor officials have suggested increasing the minimum wage, but most businesses at industrial parks have disagreed, citing their difficulties with rising costs.

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