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The President Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends ceremony marking International Labour Day


 The Vietnamese Party and State always give special attention and care to the working class, labourers and trade unions, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on April 28.

Addressing a ceremony held in Hanoi to celebrate the 135th anniversary of International Labour Day (May 1), the President said workers and labourers have continued to play an important role after 30 years of reform, noting they are the driving force in the process of national industrialisation and modernisation.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc hailed initiatives raised by trade union members and employees nationwide for the development of their businesses, agencies, units and the nation as a whole.
Pointing out difficulties facing workers and labourers in general, notably those working in the informal sector, as Vietnam and the world are combating COVID-19, the leader stressed that the Party and the State have adopted effective measures to fight the pandemic and recover the national economy.
Incomes of labourers are expected to increase again and new jobs would be created in the time ahead, helping to boost the rapid, sustainable economic growth of the country, the President said.
In that spirit, he emphasised the need for the Vietnamese trade union to soon draw up an action plan in order to realise the Resolution adopted at the 13th National Party Congress, saying the plan must carry forward the core, pioneer role of workers and labourers nationwide.
At the same time, trade union organisations at all levels should revamp their operational methods to better care and protect legitimate rights and interests of workers, he said.
Mr. Nguyen Dinh Khang, President of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL), highlighted great contributions of the working class to the development of the Vietnamese revolution.
The VGCL has chosen the theme of “Solidarity, Creativity, Overcoming Difficulties, Development” for 2021, he said, adding that up to 245,000 initiatives were raised by workers and labourers across the country under a programme launched by the confederation.
The purpose of the Action Month is to enhance labour safety and hygiene training at local businesses, helping them update necessary information to tackle labour-related accidents.
During the action month, there will be activities such as visiting victims of labour-related accidents, organising inspections at enterprises and holding discussions on labour safety and hygiene.
It aims to give employers more responsibility in caring for the health of the employees, while businesses with a high risk of labour accidents and diseases have invested more in equipment and technology to improve labour conditions.
According to MOLISA’s occupational safety report for 2020, 8,380 work-related accidents were reported, resulting in 966  deaths and 7,644 injuries. The number of deaths fell by 13 persons (1.34 per cent) compared to 2019’s figure.
The localities with the highest number workplace accidents are HCM City, Hà Nội, Đồng Nai, Quảng Ninh, Bình Dương, Hải Dương, and Nghệ An.