$1.5 million granted by US Department of Labor to improve labor relations in Vietnam

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs has announced funds amounting to $1.5 million to Development Alternatives International Inc. of Bethesda, Md. The funds will be utilized to continue the on-going Vietnam Industrial Relations Promotion Project for another two years. The U.S. Agency for International Development had funded the initial phase of the project.

The project aims at improving policies and initiatives related to labor relations in Vietnam. In order to achieve this aim, the project focuses on providing more strength to labor law enforcement and labor inspection, creating more effective dispute resolution system for workers and employers, helping the worker organizations’ to represent employees and to be more involved in collective bargaining and other methods of dispute resolution, and helping the government support collective bargaining and tripartite cooperation.

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“As an emerging economy seeking to strengthen its compliance with international labor standards, Vietnam can benefit from U.S. assistance. Our experience shows that it is important to forge partnerships between countries in order to promote sound industrial relations policies and programs worldwide,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.