RSVP, Fr, Jun 3 Joint Chambers Revised Labour Code Workshop


Joint Chambers Revised Labour Code Workshop

When:Fri, Jun 3rd 2011 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where:New World Saigon Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

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Event Background

Joint Chambers will review and coordinate recommendations concerning the proposed amendments to the Revised Labour Code, which will have a significant impact on current and future FDI in Vietnam. This event is a preview for a meeting on Jun 15 organized by VCCI/HCMC with Mr. Dang Duc San, Director, Legal Departrment, MOLISA.

FDI factories account for 42% of Gross Industrial Production in Vietnam, and 57% of exports. Similarly they account for a large part of the work force. The revised Labour Code will have a significant impact on FDI manufacturing investment in Vietnam, so we hope and expect the government will consult with and seriously consider recommendations from foreign business associations and other stakeholders as the Labour Code is revised.

We are now in the final stages of the process, which started in 2008. In response to widespread strikes with violence that occurred mostly in FDI factories in the Southern Key Economic Region in the spring of 2008, and the concerns expressed by FDI and Vietnamese business associations to the government, the Government issued Prime Minister’s Decision 1129/QD-TTg, 18 Aug 08: Action Plan for the Implementation of Directive No. 22-CT/CW of the Secretariat of the Central Committee, Jun 5, 2008, which established a “framework for enhancing leadership and providing direction for the development of harmonious, stable and progressive labor relations within enterprises.

After months of review and comment on a draft revised Labour Code in 2009 and 2010, it was decided in April 2010 that there was not enough consensus, and action was postponed until 2011.

Recently, VCCI/HCMC organized a Mar 18, 2011 conference with the MOLISA Legal Department Director for many Foreign Business Associations (AmCham, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, EuroCham, AusCham, and others), Vietnamese Business Associations, as well as representatives of many FDI “partner factories.” The objective of the conference was to re-launch consideration and discussion of proposed amendments for a Revised Labour Code.

The plan now is to complete consultations with stakeholders in May and June 2011, to submit proposed amendments to the Labour Code to the National Assembly in the Fall Session 2011 for consideration and review, and for the National Assembly to approve a revised Labour Code in its Spring Session 2012.

On Jun 3, join leaders of the Joint Chambers to review and coordinate recommendations on the proposed amendments to the Labour Code

• Get the latest updates on what is changing under the Vietnam Labor Code;
• Meet and discuss with other senior HR and Legal experts;
• Review joint recommendations to MOLISA, especially on Labour Code and Trade Union Law.

Please click the below links to download the latest version(s) of the Proposed Amendments for the Draft Revised Labour Code, and “Key Topics to be Reviewed.” Please note that since this is a “moving target,” there will be occasional changes from one version of the Draft Revised Labour Code to the next.

Proposed Amended Labour Code, from MOLISA web site, May 31, 2011
Key Topics to be Reviewed in Revised Labour Code

Previous Versions of the Amended Labour Code
Proposed Amended Labour Code (Draft 4), English
Proposed Amended Labour Code (Draft 4), Vietnamese
Du thao BLLD ban sua_hop TBT, Draft Revised Labour Code @ Jan 24, 2011, (VN)

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Agenda

08:00Registration
08:30Introduction and Welcome Remarks
.Jocelyn Tran, Country Manager
.MAST Industries (Far East)
08:45Key Recommendations by the Chambers
.Taiwan, Japan, Korea, HK, EuroCham, AusCham, AmCham, etc.
10:15Coffee/Tea Break
10:30Discussion/Finalization of Key Issues
11:30Q&A
11:45 Closing Remarks – Next Steps

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Costs

VND 550,000/member , VND 650,000/non-member

Ticket should be purchased in advance at the AmCham Office.

Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to the event, otherwise no show will be charged.

About the Facilitators

Jocelyn TranJocelyn Tran, Managing Director / Country Manager, MAST Industries

Jocelyn arrived in Vietnam in 2002 as the Managing Director/Country Manager for the Vietnam Representative Office of MAST Industries, where she is now responsible for the operation and administration of US$ 300 million/year of apparel products export to the U.S.

MAST is a wholly owned subsidiary of Limited Brands and is one of the world’s largest contract manufacturers, importers, and distributors of apparel for men, women, and children. Product lines range from sportswear and ready-to-wear to lingerie. MAST delivers over 200 million garments a year to Limited Brands retail and catalog divisions, and to other leading fashion brands. Advanced networking technology and the internet create a robust, reliable global network to link MAST associates, manufacturers, customers, and shippers.

Her prior experience with MAST includes seven years as Sourcing Director, Western Hemisphere for The Limited, Lane Bryant, and Express. Positions as designer, merchandiser, import director, with brands such as Guess, Inc., Contempo Casuals, and Broadway Stores round out her 20 years in the fashion industry.

Chad OvelChad Ovel, CEO, AA Corporation

Chad Ovel is the Chief Executive Officer of AA Corporation, which is a Vietnamese-owned company with 2,000 employees, and the domestic market leader for interior furnishings and construction since 1993.

Chad has been a resident of Vietnam since 1996. During 1996, Chad worked for San Diego-based venture capital fund Pacifica Vietnam. From 1997-2000, he served as the Development Director of World Wide Fund for Nature Indochina. From 2000-2006, Chad worked at ScanCom Vietnam where he served as the Managing Director of 6,000 employees. At ScanCom, Chad led the aggressive and innovative growth of the company to a turnover of US$ 150mil, making it the largest furniture exporter in Vietnam in 2006.

Chad is highly committed to environmental and social responsibility. Over the past ten years he has been a very active promoter of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), leading a “green revolution” in the garden furniture industry. Additionally, he has served on the Advisory Board of Social Accountability International (SA8000) in Vietnam. Chad has most recently founded an advisory company, Indochina Carbon, focusing on mitigating climate change in the region.

Winnie Lam, KCS Vietnam Country DirectorWinnie Lam, Head of Vietnam Operation, KCS Services

Winnie has more than 18 years of experience in HR Services & Business Consultancy as well as Operations and Training in Canada, Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam. She is considered one of the leading experts in the Vietnam labor market.

Prior to joining KCS Vietnam, Winnie headed up the HR Advisory Services division of Navigos Group, and was responsible for the launching of various business lines until the Payroll Management division was acquired by KCS.

Winnie holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Ottawa University, Kansas (US), is a Certified Interpreter in Canada for Cantonese/English, and a Certified Teacher in Hong Kong and is currently pursuing her Master in Law from the University of Liverpool, UK.

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Additional Background on the Revised Labour Code (2008 – 2012)

In response to widespread strikes with violence that occurred mostly in FDI factories in the Southern Key Economic Region in the spring of 2008, and the concerns expressed by FDI and Vietnamese business associations to the government, the Government issues Prime Minister’s Decision 1129/QD-TTg, 18 Aug 08: Action Plan for the Implementation of Directive No. 22-CT/CW of the Secretariat of the Central Committee, Jun 5, 2008, which established a framework for enhancing leadership and providing direction for the development of harmonious, stable and progressive labor relations within enterprises.

The objective was “to perfect the legislative environment so that disputes resolutions and work stoppages at enterprises could take place in a legal manner, to maintain the harmonious, stable employer-employee relations for the protection of legitimate rights and interests of both sides while at the same time ensuring a stable investing environment and social order.”

One of the first priorities in the Action Plan was for MOLISA to “Review, revise, supplement the Labor Code and its implementing legal documents; amend, supplement Decree No, 113/2004/ND-CP dated 16 April 2004 of the Government on administrative sanctions for violation of labor law; provide guidelines on procedures for the negotiation and signing of Collective labor agreement, building salary steps and scales in domestic private enterprises and businesses with foreign invested; etc. ”

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