Vietnam's Independent Labor Union Goes Public

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(VNRN) – The Free Viet Labor Confederation on June 9 issued a statement calling for the release of imprisoned labor activists and declaring their decision to come out with activities to protect “the legitimate rights of the undefended Vietnamese laborers.”

In the statement, made in Ho Chi Minh City at a meeting of civil society activists, the Confederation denounced the Vietnamese Communist Party for jeopardizing the interests of Vietnamese farmers and workers. “The Socialist Republic of Vietnam proclaims itself to be a state built on a worker-peasant coalition, but in reality it has betrayed the interests of these two largest groups in the population of Vietnam. This can be witnessed in the millions of victims of land injustice that one sees roaming the country and the Vietnamese workers throughout history have also never been as exploited as they are at the present time, showing a huge gap of income between the rich and the poor throughout Vietnam,” the statement said.

On the other hand, the Party-owned labor union, called the Vietnamese General Confederation of Labor [Tổng Liên đoàn Lao động Việt Nam], has failed to protect the rights of the working class. As a result, three separate independent labor unions were established, including the Independent Vietnamese Trade Union [Công đoàn Độc lập Việt Nam] (2006), the United Workers-Farmers Organization of Vietnam [Hiệp hội Đoàn kết Công-Nông Việt Nam] (2006), and the Vietnamese Labor Movement [Phong trào Lao động Việt] (2008). Read more here