In recent years, Vietnam has experienced strong growth of industrial zones on the outskirts of large towns, attracting a large number of companies and workers, the majority of whom are young women. On 22 June 2016, a national seminar on legal aid practices for workers was held in Hanoi, organised under the auspices of the General Confederation of Workers in Vietnam. It was attended by approximately forty practicians from different provinces of the country. This seminar took place as part of the “The Law, a vector of solidarity between political, social and trade union players” project, led by GRET, the French General Confederation of Workers (CGT) and the General Confederation of Workers in Vietnam, with the participation of CFSI (French Committee for International Solidarity).
Access to rights is a dual issue: firstly for workers to become aware that they have rights and the power to exercise them individually or collectively, and secondly for legal aid centres specialising in labour law that are affiliated to the General Confederation of Workers in Vietnam, to make legal services more accessible to workers so that they can take increased ownership of it. Via a “mirror” effect, the project aims to strengthen the capacities of these centres through sharing of experiences in Vietnam, France and other countries.
More information on the project (in French)