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U.S. - Vietnam Labor Dialogue

photo: Representatives from the Bureau of International Labor Affairs with representatives of Vietnam's Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs at the annual U.S.-Vietnam Labor dialogue in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2013.
Representatives from the Bureau of International Labor Affairs with representatives of Vietnam's Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs at the annual U.S.-Vietnam Labor dialogue in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2013

The U.S. - Vietnam Labor Dialogue was established through a Memorandum of Understanding in 2000 between the U.S. Department of Labor and Vietnam's Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). It was extended through Letters of Understanding signed in August 2006, August 2008 and April 2012. The Dialogue was established to provide a forum for the two sides to discuss labor issues, given the absence of labor provisions in the U.S. - Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement. The Office of International Relations leads the department's participation in the Dialogue.


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Previous Events

  • December 4, 2013: The 2013 U.S. - Vietnam Labor Dialogue — Washington, DC
  • Over the past decade, the annual U.S.-Vietnam labor dialogue has enabled discussion of broad labor and employment policies and programs, with an emphasis on worker rights, areas of cooperation, and technical assistance between the two countries. It is the longest-standing bilateral policy dialogue in the department's history. That dialogue continued on Dec. 4, when a delegation from Vietnam's Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs met with a team from the Bureau of International Labor Affairs in Washington, D.C. ILAB and MOLISA focused on efforts to implement Vietnam's recent labor law reforms, progress on Labor Department-funded projects in Vietnam, Vietnam's efforts to address child labor, and future bilateral collaboration, including a potential technical assistance project to address child labor issues. Associate Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs Mark Mittelhauser opened this year's dialogue and welcomed Vice Minister Doan Mau Diep, who led the Vietnamese delegation. "This continues to be a constructive forum for us to exchange views on often sensitive issues, develop programs, and work together to promote good jobs and ensure dignity at work in our countries," Mittelhauser told the assembly.

  • November 9, 2012: The 2012 U.S. - Vietnam Labor Dialogue — Hanoi, Vietnam
  • The annual U.S.-Vietnam Labor Dialogue took place on November 9, 2012 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Officials from MOLISA and DOL discussed issues of mutual concern related to labor law reform, labor inspections, and technical assistance. Associate Deputy Undersecretary of Labor for International Labor Affairs Mark Mittelhauser led the U.S. delegation.

  • June 25, 2012: Secretary Solis Meets Senior Vietnamese Officials
  • Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis met with Madam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, vice president of Vietnam’s National Assembly, and accompanying senior officials including the labor minister, Madam Pham Thi Hai Chuyen, on June 25 at the U.S. Department of Labor. They discussed the importance of addressing employment challenges, Vietnam’s recent labor law reform, protection for women, migrant and overseas workers, cooperation on labor policy and technical assistance activities under the long-standing U.S.-Vietnam Labor Dialogue, and the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
    See photos from this event.

  • May 7-11, 2012: Vietnam Mid-term Dialogue — Hanoi, Vietnam
  • A DOL delegation led by Associate Deputy Undersecretary Mark Mittelhauser visited Vietnam the week of May 7 to conduct a mid-term session of the U.S.-Vietnam Labor Dialogue with MOLISA. The delegation met with key National Assembly members to discuss labor law reform. The team also discussed with MOLISA officials the design of a two-year, $1.5 million project on labor inspection. In addition, DOL and MOLISA renewed until 2015 the Letter of Understanding which promotes labor cooperation and dialogue.

    Letter of Understanding between DOL and MOLISA regarding Continuing Labor Cooperation, 2012 — (Word) | (PDF)

  • November 10, 2011: U.S. — Vietnam Labor Dialogue — Washington, DC
  • The annual U.S.-Vietnam Labor Dialogue took place on November 10 in Washington, D.C. Vietnam's vice minister of labor, Mr. Pham Minh Huan, led a Vietnamese delegation and met with a U.S. delegation headed by Deputy Undersecretary Sandra Polaski to discuss the Better Work Program in Vietnam, ongoing labor law reform and technical cooperation projects to improve industrial relations. Mr. Jason Kearns, minority trade counsel on the House Committee on Ways and Means discussed the importance of addressing labor standards in the context of trade negotiations.

  • June 13, 2011: U.S. — Vietnam Midterm Review Meeting — Geneva, Switzerland
  • DOL Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs Sandra Polaski met with MOLISA Vice Minister Nguyen Thanh Hoa to discuss ongoing bilateral cooperation and preparations for the 2011 annual Labor Dialogue.

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