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Meeting looks into amendments to Labour Code 2012

03/05/2019

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue and leaders of National Assembly's Committee for Social Isues, ministries and agencies discussed amendments to the 2012 Labour Code during a meeting in Hanoi on May 2. Attending the meeting were Minister of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung; Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and Chairperson of NA’s Committee for Social Issues Nguyen Thuy Anh.

In accordance with Resolution No.57/2018/QH14, the legislature will look into the draft amended law at its seventh session and approve it during the eighth session.
Participants highlighted the need to amend the Labour Code in the context that Vietnam has joined a number of regional and global free trade agreements with commitments to abiding by basic principles and rights of workers in line with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
Deputy Minister of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep said the ministry is revising the draft revised law to collect public feedback.
Accordingly, the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) suggested increasing extra working time framework from 300 hours to 400 hours per year (if the labourers agree, the employers pay progressive overtime wage, maximum are 300% compared with working day and some condition to ensure the health of employees);
MOLISA also suggested that retirement age will be adjusted by 2 plans. The 1st plan, retirement age increase to 62 for men and 60 for women from January 1, 2021. The 2nd plan, from January 1st, 2021, retirement age increase by 4 months for men and 6 months for women till the retirement age reach to 62 for men and 60 for women.
MOLISA said that the general target towards regulating the retirement age of men equal to women. However, the route of narrowing the gap of retirement age between men and women will be implemented in order to avoid the negative impact of suddenly adjusting. Morever, the route of adjustment should avoid the risk of making shock for labour market.
The draft also said about the regulating representative organisations of workers at the grassroots level to ensure abiding by international practices.
It proposed maintaining five-day Lunar New Year holiday inclusive or exclusive of weekend, adding a one-day holiday for Day of Martyrs and Invalids (July 27) to pay tribute to war heroes, and changing working time from 8:30 am to 5:30pm, including one-hour lunch break.
The Deputy Prime Minister asked the MOLISA to collect opinions on the new draft law’s contents from ministries, agencies, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, especially workers, experts and scientists.
Chairwoman of the NA's Committee for Social Affairs Nguyen Thuy Anh said the committee will convene a meeting to examine the bill early this month.
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