[CPVW protectVietworkers.com 15/5/2013] At a conference in Hanoi on 08th May, Mr. Chih Peng, who led the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office delegation, complained that “[many] strikes were not successfully settled because of insufficient support from local governments and local police”.

Police [should] “tackle strikes more effectively”

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office's Mr Chih Peng asked Vietnamese police to be even tougher in ending strikes PHOTO (CNA file)
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office’s Mr Chih Peng asked Vietnamese police to be even tougher in ending strikes PHOTO (CNA file)

PHOTO (CNA file): the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office’s Chih Peng asked Vietnamese police to be even tougher in ending strikes

At the above conference on the new Labor Code, organised by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, TECO’s Mr. Chih Peng also urged Vietnam’s provincial authorities and police to “tackle future illegal strikes more effectively”, that is, tougher police action to prevent and end strikes.

Because all strikes in Vietnam are illegal unless organised by state-run unions which never organise strikes, this request means that with all strikes, police should use force even more forcefully. Presently, uniformed police already tell strikers to go back to work, and undercover police hunt for strike leaders to arrest and interrogate.

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Two reporters from the Radio Voice of Vietnam were attacked by security forces during Văn Giang protest on April 24, 2012. Photo VnExpress

Unions belong to the authorities, why funded by employers?

At the conference, industry bodies such as the Vietnam Leather and Footwear Association also complained about being required to pay 2% of base wage to fund state-run unions, arguing that these are state-run entities and should not be paid for by employers.

Another major complaint by industry delegates was about limits on overtime. Mr. Cheng, the Taipei representative, was among industry delegates who complained that the limits of 30 hours overtime per month, and 200 per year as “inflexible” and wanted them raised.

Mr. Nguyen Van Toan, deputy director of AFIE (Association of Foreign Investment Enterprises), agreed, saying that workers themselves want lots of overtime because, he candidly agreed, their base wage “is not high”.

Further details can be obtained from this Vietnamnet’s news report.

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