Feature articles


  1. Social dialogue, a key to business survival and resilience in Viet Nam

    13 August 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on Viet Nam’s garment, footwear and handbag industry, with almost one-in-four workers losing their jobs. The ILO in Viet Nam has been supporting its partners to foster social dialogue in businesses, to ensure the protection of the most vulnerable workers.

  2. Viet Nam: Adding value through CSR training in wood sector

    28 May 2020

    A training of enterprises seminar highlights the upside for business in improving labour management practices

  3. New normal? Better normal!

    01 May 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare in the cruellest way, the extraordinary precariousness and injustices of our world of work, says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

  4. Interviews: Covid-19 in the wood furniture manufacturing sector Viet Nam

    30 April 2020

    We have been keeping in touch with SCORE Trained enterprises around the globe to see how Covid-19 is impacting their business & how they are taking care of workers. Used to looking for ways to overcome challenges, most companies are optimistic that they can survive until we return to a “new normal” in the medium-term. Here, two companies from the wood furniture sector in Viet Nam describe what their businesses and workers are doing to keep going during the Covid-19 pandemic, and how they see their future.

  5. Tackling child labour in Viet Nam through vocational training and educational support

    23 April 2020

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is implementing the Project "Enhancing National Capacity to Prevent and Reduce Child Labour in Viet Nam" (ENHANCE) to assist national level efforts to prevent child labour through awareness-raising, capacity building and direct interventions.

  6. COVID-19 in Vietnam: The unprecedented dual crisis

    15 April 2020

    "If we fail to save people’s livelihoods, we will ultimately fail to protect their life and heath against the virus, and vice versa" explains ILO Viet Nam Director, Chang-Hee Lee, emphasizing the health and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  7. Viet Nam can well address labour market challenges

    15 April 2020

    ILO Viet Nam Director Chang-Hee Lee answers some questions on COVID-19's impacts to Viet Nam’s labour market and the roles of social protection and suggests policy resonses.

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    Five ways to protect health workers during the COVID-19 crisis

    01 April 2020

    Health workers and systems are playing a crucial role in the global fight against COVID-19 and special measures are needed to support and protect them.

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    COVID-19 cruelly highlights inequalities and threatens to deepen them

    30 March 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating already existing inequalities – from catching the virus, to staying alive, to coping with its dramatic economic consequences. Policy responses must ensure that support reaches the workers and enterprises who need it most.

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    Keys for effective teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic

    26 March 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that more people than ever before are teleworking – using information and communications technologies to do their work away from the office. ILO Working Time expert, Jon Messenger, explains how to get the best out of teleworking.

  11. Vocational training transforms teenager from street vendor to apprentice in rural Viet Nam

    23 March 2020

    With ILO support, a 14-year-old boy receives life-changing vocational training, enabling him to find a route out of child labour and envision a brighter future for himself and his family.

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    Viet Nam’s new Labour Code moves from protecting to empowering women

    07 March 2020

    Vietnamese women have long played an important role in the economy. Now the new Labour Code aims to ensure they receive a fair reward for their contribution, by tackling gender equality and workplace discrimination.

  13. Students in Hanoi speak out against child labour through artistic expression

    26 February 2020

    Students in Hanoi raise awareness on child labour through drama performances as part of the programme, Supporting Children’s Rights through Education, Arts and the Media (SCREAM), which is being implemented across the country with support from ILO.

  14. Viet Nam’s openness to trade changes national job distribution, types and quality

    11 February 2020

    An interview with ILO Viet Nam Labour Economist, Valentina Barcucci


  1. Labour shortage, automation and workers’ organizations – Challenges or opportunities?

    27 December 2019

    Dr Chang-Hee Lee, ILO Viet Nam Director, explains how these new factors have an impact on workplace management.

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    Convention No 1: A landmark for Workers’ Rights

    13 November 2019

    100 years ago the first International Labour Conference adopted the first International Labour Standard – on working time. As the ILO celebrates this landmark moment, ILO Working Time specialist, Jon Messenger, looks back at the history of the Convention and its impact.

  3. ILO Centenary Declaration: change in the world of work is upon us

    29 September 2019

    An interview with ILO Senior Advisor on Standards Policy, Tim De Meyer

  4. Labour Code revision brings Viet Nam better in line with international labour standards

    29 September 2019

    An interview with ILO Senior Advisor on Standards Policy, Tim De Meyer

  5. Family benefits to help working parents cope with financial constraints

    30 August 2019

    Viet Nam's social insurance reform looks into various options to develop a multi-tiered structure which offers support to working parents of newborns in compulsory and voluntary system.

  6. Migration in Southeast Asia should be an opportunity for workers, communities and economies – not traffickers

    31 July 2019

    Op-ed by Ms Tomoko Nishimoto, the ILO’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific; Mohammad Narciri, the Regional Director of UN Women for Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok, Thailand; and Mr Jeremy Douglas, the Regional Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.