Vietnam Labor Law Implementation Project

Project Duration:
September 2012
June 2016
Funding and Year:

Project Objectives: The overarching objective is to develop regulations for the new labor legislation consistent with International Labor Standards, educate the tripartite partners on the provisions of the laws and regulations, and build their capacity to promote good industrial relations with the new provisions’ application in practice.

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The Problem

In Phase I, the ILO Industrial Relations Project helped Vietnam draft comprehensive new labor and employment laws. The labor laws are complex and comprehensive with substantial revisions in basic concepts and numerous detailed provisions. The reforms introduce new concepts and enforcement responsibilities. 

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Our Strategy

The Project’s immediate objectives include the following:

  1. Facilitate the drafting and adoption of regulations, including decrees, ordinances and other instruments, and guidelines for the new Labor Code and Trade Union Law.
  2. Promote education and awareness of the new laws and their regulations and guidelines.
  3. Improve trade union and employer organization capacity to effectively and democratically represent members and engage in collective bargaining, particularly at the enterprise level.
  4. Facilitate development of an effective and sustainable system of minimum wage fixing and determination.
  5. Promote the use of collective bargaining resulting in signed collective bargaining agreements per the new laws.

 Appropriate regulations for the new laws and improved organizational abilities and education will result in better compliance with International Labor Standards.


The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affair’s (MOLISA), the Vietnam General Confederation of Unions (VGCL), and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industries (VCCI).

Grantee: International Labor Organization (ILO)
Implementing Partners: MOLISA, the VCCI, the VGCL
Contact Information:
(202) 693-4900
Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA)