Free trade deals

Statement of ILO Country Office for Viet Nam

The ILO Country Office for Viet Nam welcomes the strong commitment expressed by the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to respect, promote and realize the ILO’s fundamental principles and rights at work.

News | 20 November 2015
The ILO Country Office for Viet Nam welcomes the strong commitment expressed by the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to respect, promote and realize the ILO’s fundamental principles and rights at work. The country and its partners recently concluded the negotiations on the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The ILO particularly welcomes the Government’s efforts to ratify three core Conventions in coming years, in addition to the five core conventions already ratified by the country. The three Conventions to be ratified are the following:
  • Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention, 1948 (No. 87)
  • Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98)
  • Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105)
We note that Viet Nam, the US in the TPP context and the other parties to the EU-Viet Nam FTA all recognize the important roles the ILO to play in ensuring implementation of the labour chapters of the free trade agreements, and in technically assisting the Government, representative organizations of workers and employers to strengthen their capacity and improve laws and practices in the policy areas covered by the labour chapters of the free trade agreements, to give full effect to the ILO Declaration.

ILO is ready to provide its full support, once requested by the ILO’s tripartite constituents, to the Government, representative organizations of workers and employers in bringing Viet Nam’s laws, institutions and practices to closer compliance with the ILO standards concerned, which will promote growth, equity and harmony in Viet Nam.

ILO is also ready to support the Government and social partners to meet the social policy and labour market challenges arising from Viet Nam’s implementation of the various other aspects of the free trade agreements.