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PAN conferred with Labour Hero title

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm

PAN conferred with Labour Hero title

QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:15 (GMT+7)

PANO – The People’s Army Newspaper organised a solemn ceremony today to receive the title “Labour Hero” on the occasion of celebrating its 60th anniversary of the first publication.

The Chairman of the National Assembly, Nguyen Phu Trong, and General Phung Quang Thanh, Minister of National Defence, attended the ceremony.

The PAN was founded on 20th October 1950 in Thai Nguyen Province as the merger of two other newspapers.

The name of the newspaper was given by President Ho Chi Minh.

During the war against French colonialism, the newspaper published in both Dien Bien Phu and Hanoi.

The Vietnam War saw the maturity of the newspaper as its reporters were sent to the front and gathered updated information about the war.

“The newspaper’s staff  have tried their best to serve the information demands in wars and peace time,” said Major General Le Phuc Nguyen, PAN’s Editor-in-Chief, at the ceremony.

Having conferred the title to the newspaper at the ceremony, NA Chairman, Nguyen Phu Trong, said that the newspaper showed its strengths right from its establishment.

“The newspaper is truly a hero in both wartime and peacetime,” said the Chairman.

The Chairman also hoped that the PAN would promote its strengths to be a leading newspaper in Vietnam.

During its operation, the PAN has been presented with the Ho Chi Minh Medal, the Gold Star Medal and the title of Hero of the Armed Forces.

Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

China minister shrugs off labour unrest concerns

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 8:40 am

China’s commerce minister has shrugged off concerns that recent labour unrest in the so-called “workshop of the world” will scare investors away, state media reported Saturday.

Factories in run by foreign firms such as Toyota and Honda have recently been hit by a wave of labour unrest that has forced some companies to raise wages for their workers.

“A small proportion of the contracts may be transferred to countries with lower costs but China has yet to lose its labour cost advantage,” Chen Deming was quoted as saying by the official China Daily newspaper.

The unrest has sparked fears of a snowball effect that could signal the days of cheap Chinese labour are over for foreign investors, who might start transferring their manufacturing contracts to cheaper countries.

China’s commerce minister, Chen Deming (pictured in May), has shrugged off concerns that recent labour unrest in the so-called ‘workshop of the world’ will scare investors away, state media reported Saturday.

Chen told Hong Kong-based Pheonix TV that the recent strikes were “isolated cases”.

“We want to ensure workers get an appropriate wage increase but also want to pay attention to the capacity of enterprises to bear the burden (of rising personnel costs).”

Japan’s Toyota Motor, which became the latest company to be hit by strikes this week, said Friday its largest assembly plant in China had to be suspended due to work stoppages.

Honda has also been impacted. The firm offered a 24 percent pay rise to staff at its main parts factory to end a strike while employees at another plant have agreed to go back to work as wage talks continue.

And in response to 11 suicides among its Chinese work force, Taiwanese firm Foxconn — which counts Apple, Dell and Sony among its clients — doubled salaries.

Source: SGGP

Liberals draw one seat ahead of Labour in Dutch vote

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 10:44 am

THE HAGUE (AFP) – The Liberals were one seat ahead of Labour with 88 percent of the vote counted early Thursday after cliff-hanger general elections in the Netherlands, the far-right Party for Freedom the big winner in third place.

The Liberal party (VVD) led by Mark Rutte, which had campaigned on the need for deep spending cuts, and the Labour party (PvdA) of Job Cohen had been tied for hours at 31 seats each in the 150-seat parliament after Wednesday’s polls.

Women in traditional dresses vote in general elections in Staphorst. AFP photo

But with a greater percentage of the votes counted, published partial results showed the Liberals with 31 and Labour on 30.

Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV), which demands an end to immigration from Muslim countries and a ban on new mosques, took its number of lawmakers from nine in the last parliament to 24, and could hope to enter a coalition government.

The far-right leader with his distinctive shock of fair hair called the result of Wednesday’s elections “magnificent”.

“The impossible has happened,” he told a televised party gathering. “We are the biggest winner today. The Netherlands chose more security, less crime, less immigration and less Islam.”

Pushed into fourth place was the Christian Democratic Action party of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. The CDA, which has been in almost all Dutch governments since World War II, lost 20 seats to end at 21, and was the big loser in the election.

Balkenende, who had headed a centre-left coalition since 2007, acknowledged defeat by resigning both his party’s leadership and his seat in parliament.

“I have informed the party chairman that I will lay down my party membership with immediate effect,” said Balkenende, 54, adding that he was taking “political responsibility” for the state of affairs.

The Liberals, who had 21 seats in the outgoing parliament, had topped opinion polls for several weeks.

Labour lost two seats compared with the previous elections in 2006.

The election was the first in a eurozone country since the Greek financial crisis erupted and has been closely watched to see how the public reacts to Europe’s wave of austerity.

The Liberals had led pre-election polls with their promise to cut public spending by about 45 billion euros (54 billion dollars) over the next four years and by 20 billion euros a year from 2015. But their support appeared to drain away in the final 48 hours of lobbying.

Rutte had also promised to eradicate the public deficit, which was 5.3 percent of GDP last year, shrink the government and parliament, lower income taxes and cap civil servant pay rises while raising the retirement age by two years to 67.

Labour had promised more “careful” savings, the retention of social benefits and higher taxes for the rich.

Rutte has set a target date of July 1 for the establishment of a new government. “We do not exclude any party,” he said in a debate Tuesday night when asked about a possible coalition with the far right.

He was previously reported as saying that a coalition with Labour was unlikely. Cohen has ruled out cooperation with the PVV.

The maverick Wilders has earned notoriety around the world with his campaign to ban the Koran in a bid to “stop the Islamisation of the Netherlands”.

Wilders, who has called Islam a fascist religion and likens the Koran to Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”, is known abroad for his 17-minute commentary, “Fitna”, which was termed “offensively anti-Islamic” by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

He goes on trial in the Netherlands in October on charges of inciting racial hatred against Muslims. He was barred from entering Britain in 2009 to stop him spreading “hatred and violent messages.”

Voters marked their ballots with red pencils at some 10,000 polling stations in an election called after the government collapsed in February in a spat over military aid to Afghanistan.

The voter turnout was put at 74 percent, the lowest since 1998.

With none of the competing 18 parties able to rule alone, the party that emerges on top will lead coalition negotiations.

Official results will be released next Tuesday.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam, Cambodia ink deal in labour, job training

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Developing the labour force to meet ASEAN’s demand

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:10 am

ASEAN+3 senior labour officials prepare for ministers’ meeting

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2010 at 9:14 pm

ASEAN+3 senior labour officials prepare for ministers’ meeting

QĐND – Saturday, May 22, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

Senior labour officials from ASEAN member countries met their partners from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea in Hanoi on May 21 to prepare for the ASEAN+3 Labour Ministers’ Meeting (ALMM+3).

At the ASEAN+3 Preparatory Senior Labour Officials’ Meeting (PrepSLOM+3), the participants have reviewed the cooperation programmes between ASEAN and those partners on labour and social security and put forwards directions for cooperation in the coming time.

The outcome of the PrepSLOM+3 will be submitted to the ALMM+3.

Same day, the ASEAN Preparatory Senior Labour Officials’ Meeting (PrepSLOM) concluded in Hanoi, passing documents that will be submitted to ASEAN labour ministers for approval in their meeting on May 24.

The documents include an action plan for ASEAN labour ministers for the period 2010-2015, a report on the protection and promotion of migrant workers’ rights and a report on hygiene and labour safety in ASEAN.

As the host, Vietnamese labour officials actively proposed priorities for actions that were endorsed by most of the participants.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Britain’s Labour in post-poll deal talks, Brown to quit

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:47 am

LONDON (AFP) – Britain’s Labour party holds crunch talks with the Liberal Democrats Tuesday, a day after Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he would quit in a bid to keep his party in power following a poll defeat.

Negotiators from Labour meet for formal power-sharing talks with the Lib Dems, who have only officially been talking to the main opposition Conservatives since last week’s election.

Talks began between Brown’s party and the third party, the Lib Dems — who have taken on the role of kingmakers after neither of their larger rivals won a clear majority in the general election — began late Monday.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown addresses the media outside of 10 Downing Street in central London. AFP photo

There were hopes a deal could be struck on Tuesday, party sources said, as Britain entered its fifth day of political stalemate.

Brown made his bombshell announcement Monday that he would quit, and at the same time said talks on power-sharing would begin with the Lib Dems.

In an immediate counter-bid from the Conservatives, chief negotiator William Hague offered a key concession to the Lib Dems in return for their support in a coalition.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg welcomed Monday Brown’s statement that he will quit by September as “important” in a possible power-sharing deal between the two parties.

“I think his announcement could be an important element in the smooth transition towards a stable government,” said Clegg, who indicated before the election he would not share power with Labour if Brown remained its leader.

“It must have been a very difficult thing for him to say personally,” added Clegg, whose centrist party is seen as politically closer to centre-left Labour than the centre-right Conservatives.

Brown’s statement marks the beginning of the end of his premiership and an act of political self-sacrifice, increasing the previously distant chance that Labour could extend its 13 years in office through a deal with the Lib Dems.

If that happened, he could still stay on as prime minister for several months even though he led his party to second place behind David Cameron’s Conservatives in the poll.

“The reason that we have a hung parliament is that no single party and no single leader was able to win the full support of the country,” Brown said in a statement delivered in Downing Street.

“As leader of my party, I must accept that that is a judgement on me. I therefore intend to ask the Labour party to set in train the processes needed for its own leadership election.”

Brown added that it “could be in the interests of the whole country to form a progressive coalition government” involving Labour and the Lib Dems.

In Thursday’s poll, the Conservatives won 306 seats in the 650-member House of Commons — 20 short of an absolute majority of 326 — followed by Labour on 258 and the Lib Dems on 57.

Labour and the Lib Dems together would still not have enough seats for a clear majority, and would require help from smaller parties like Scottish and Welsh nationalists.

Hopes had been rising that Clegg’s party could be about to announce a deal with the Conservatives, despite their radically different positions on issues like Europe, defence and reforming Britain’s voting system.

But Lib Dem negotiator David Laws said after a meeting with lawmakers that further “clarification” was still needed, the first indication of possible problems.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband is the odds-on favourite to replace Brown as Labour Party leader, according to odds from bookmakers updated minutes after the prime minister’s statement.

The key potential stumbling block to a deal between the Lib Dems and Conservatives is seen as electoral reform.

The Lib Dems want to scrap the first-past-the-post system, which favours two-party politics and means smaller parties like theirs get fewer seats in the House of Commons. But most Conservatives strongly oppose such changes.

In a clear Conservative counter-offer to the Lib Dems after Brown’s bombshell statement, Hague said the Tories would promise a referendum on electoral reform, a key Lib Dem demand, if they entered a coalition.

“In the interests of trying to create a stable, secure government, we will go the extra mile and we will offer to the Lib Dems in a coalition government the holding of a referendum on the Alternative Voting system,” Hague said.

“That’s the choice that they will now have to make.”

Source: SGGP

A project to stamp out child labour

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm

A project to stamp out child labour

QĐND – Monday, March 29, 2010, 21:27 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) in coordination with the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) and the Int’l Labour Organisation (ILO) organised a ceremony in Hanoi on March 29 for the signing of a EUR2.5 million project to help stamp out the worst forms of child labour in Vietnam.

According to the ILO’s investigative report, in 2006, Vietnam had about 930,000 children taking part in economic activities and there was an increasing trend of child labourers being forced to work hard.

The 4-year project aims to help some 5,000 child labourers get out of the bad working environment.

The project will help about 200 child victims of trafficking rehabilitate and re-integrate themselves into society.

The project will be carried out in 5 provinces and cities, including Hanoi, Lao Cai, Ninh Binh, Quang Nam and Dong Nai.

To benefit from the project, children working in a bad environment can call 18001567-a hotline of the MOLISA’s Child Care and Protection Department for assistance and timely intervention by appropriate authorities.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

MOLISA says it does not intend to extend labour support package

In Politics-Society on October 17, 2009 at 3:33 am

MOLISA says it does not intend to extend labour support package

QĐND – Friday, October 16, 2009, 20:55 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) will not extend the labour shortage programme after it expires on December 31, 2009, MOLISA’s Deputy Minister Nguyen Thanh Hoa has revealed.

Hoa said in an interview with newspaper Thoi Bao Kinh te Vietnam on October 15 that there was no need to extend the support package, because temporary unemployment had slowed.

Several months ago, the Government, in an effort to help businesses ease difficulties during the economic downturn, decided businesses could borrow money at zero interest rate to pay salaries and allowances to labourers who had previously lost jobs in 2009.

However, as Hoa admitted, very few enterprises borrowed money under the programme despite the zero lending interest rate. Hoa thinks enterprises had not fallen into such big difficulties that they need the capital. Another reason Hoa cited to explain the low demand for capital is businesses can borrow money to pay salaries for 2009, but many of them began facing difficulties in 2008.

Hoa says the impact of the global economic crisis and economic downturn on the employment had not been big as previously thought. Besides, as the global economy recovers and the national economy revives after the downturn, MOLISA does not think it is necessary to extend the support programme.

In December 2008, MOLISA predicted that 300,000 jobs would be lost by the end of 2009. However, the actual unemployment turned out to be much lower than the rate forecast by MOLISA. By the end of September 2009, the laid-off workers numbered 100,000. The lay-offs occurred mostly in the period from late 2008 to the end of the first quarter of 2009.

Since June 2009, the labour situation has reversed with businesses now seriously lacking workers.

HCM City, for example, has reported that it lacks 100,000 workers, while Dong Nai and Binh Duong provinces both need 40,000 workers.

Hoa says MOLISA is going to have meetings with local authorities to find the reasons behind the labour shortage and discuss solutions.

Source: VNN

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Housing Corporation awarded Labour Hero title

In Politics-Society on October 15, 2009 at 9:35 am

Housing Corporation awarded Labour Hero title

QĐND – Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 22:10 (GMT+7)

State President Nguyen Minh Triet on October 14 conferred the Labour Hero title on the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUD) to mark its 20th founding anniversary (October 10, 1989-October 10, 2009).

President Triet praised the outstanding achievements recorded by HUD over the last 20 years, emphasising that the Corporation has played an important role in building houses for workers and the States employees.

The model of building residential areas and new urban areas initiated by HUD should be implemented by others, he noted.

The State leader called on HUD and other businesses to build more houses to serve the national social welfare programme and contribute to the nation’s development process.

He also asked HUD to continue developing building urban areas in provinces and cities nationwide and focus on building more houses for workers, students and low-income earners.

The HUD trademark has become more and more popular on the local market thanks to its successful implementation of major projects to develop modern urban areas, such as Dinh Cong, My Dinh II, Viet Hung, Linh Dam, Van Quan, and Phap Van-Tu Hiep.

Since June 2000, HUD has developed under the form of a state-owned Corporation, with a focus on developing high-rise buildings, urban areas and key economic zones in all three regions of the country. The Corporation has contributed greatly to the national social welfare programme. Recently, HUD was chosen by the Ministry of Construction as a key partner in the project to build Vietnam Housing and Urban Development Group in the near future.

Source: VOV

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