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Nguyen Van Binh: ILO fundamental standards on freedom of association and collective bargaining: Their implications for contemporary labour law reform in transition countries under the context of international integration

We are pleased to announce a presentation by Deputy Director General Nguyen Van Binh of Legal Affairs Department, Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs:

ILO fundamental standards on freedom of association and collective bargaining: Their implications for contemporary labour law reform in transition countries under the context of international integration

Introduction of Special Lectures on “ILO fundamental standards on freedom of association and collective bargaining: Their implications for contemporary labour law reform in transition countries under the context of international integration” For the past few decades, under the context of international integration, transition countries, especially the ones transforming from a centrally-planned economy to a market economy, have taken gradual steps to bring their labour law and practices closer to the international labour standards (ILS), particularly the ILO Core standards.

One of the main rationales for those countries to undertake this transformation is to strengthen their competitiveness so that they would be able to easier access to the global market. This process has almost started since the collapse of the Soviet Union and socialism in Eastern Europe in early 1990s when some post-socialism countries in Europe tried to have membership status of the European Union, then become clearer after the adoption of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in 1998 and the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization in 2008. Making labour laws and practices closer to the Core ILS now has become an urgent issue for some countries which wish to be part of the global supply/value chains when those Core ILS have been referred/included in codes of conduct of almost international buyers and in some newly-concluded free trade agreements. However, this is not an easy process. These countries have faced with a number of challenges in terms of understanding of these core ILS and how they should be translated into their particular context of economic, political and social system. The special lectures will be about ILO core standards on freedom of association and collective bargaining: Their implications for contemporary labour law reform in transition countries under the context of international integration, which will include 4 one-and-half hour lectures, focusing on the following areas:

-Overview session: Overview of ILO core standards on freedom of association and collective bargaining enshrined in ILO Convention No. 87 and No. 98, focusing on: i) their development and special status compared to other ILO technical standards; ii) their implications in the context of international integration.

-Specific session 1: From monopoly trade union system to a multi-union system: what and how are ILO core standards on freedom of association understood and translated into national context of transition countries?

-Specific session 2: Bipartite consultation and collective bargaining: Current national laws and practices - arising issues and directions for reform from ILO standards perspectives.

-Specific session 3: Labour dispute resolution and strike: Understanding of ILO standards and proper applications of these standards in particular contexts for building a sound industrial relations system.

The invited lecturer is Dr. Nguyen Van Binh, Deputy Director General of Legal Affairs Department - Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs of Vietnam (MOLISA), who had one year study on legislation on bipartite consultation and collective bargaining as the research fellow at the Graduate School of Law – Nagoya University (2009-2010). Dr. Nguyen Van Binh had more than 10 years working for Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (1995-2008), 6 years for the ILO Office for Vietnam as a Technical Officer (2008-2014), and 2 years since 2015 for MOLISA where he participated in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations as a member of the Vietnam Labour Team, and now is a standing member of the Drafting Committee for revision of the Labour Code of Vietnam.


Session details

Overview of ILO core standards on freedom of association and collective bargaining
February 2, 9:00 - 10:30 (Seminar room 3, 3F ALEP)

From monopoly trade union system to a multi-union system
February 2, 10:45 - 12:15 (Seminar room 3, 3F ALEP)

Bipartite consultation and collective bargaining
February 3, 13:00 - 14:30 (Seminar room 3, 3F ALEP)

Labour dispute resolution and strike
February 3, 14:45 - 16:15 (Seminar room 3, 3F ALEP)


For further information, contact Tomoe Ogaki, Administrative Assistant (GSL) on tomoe.ogaki@law.nagoya-u.ac.jp.