Feature articles


  1. Breaking barriers

    12 December 2014

    Mother, Daughter, Wife, Factory Worker, Wheelchair user. 24 year old Tran Thi Trinh is all of these and more but she refuses to be defined by any labels or stereotypes.

  2. What will economic integration bring for Viet Nam and ASEAN?

    04 September 2014

    By Yoshiteru Uramoto, ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific

  3. Youth unemployment on the rise

    02 July 2014

    Viet Nam’s latest quarterly Labour Market Update shows one in five young people aged 20-24 with a university degree is jobless.

  4. Domestic work, work like any other

    13 June 2014

    Opinion by Yoshiteru Uramoto, ILO Regional Director for Asia-Pacific

  5. Retirement age and pension formula – key components of social insurance reform: ILO

    12 May 2014

    The revised Law on Social Insurance will be brought to discussion at the regular National Assembly meeting which starts on 20 May. Among the key changes suggested by the ILO are retirement age increase and a new pension formula. Carlos Galian, social security expert, ILO in Viet Nam, explains the issue.

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    Better talk leads to better work

    02 January 2014

    As Viet Nam prepares for a major expansion of international trade a new system for worker-employer relations in garment factories is helping to pave the way for improved working conditions and competitiveness.


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    How will ASEAN regional integration affect labour migration in Viet Nam?

    17 December 2013

    By Sally Barber and Max Tunon, International Labour Organization, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

  2. Middle-class jobs put Viet Nam on the road to economic recovery

    12 December 2013

    By Phu Huynh, Labour Economist, International Labour Organization, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

  3. Better talk leads to better work

    09 December 2013

    As Viet Nam prepares for a major expansion of international trade – with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Free Trade Agreement negotiations – a new system for worker-employer relations in garment factories is helping to pave the way to improved working conditions and competitiveness.

  4. Pension system: difficult choices to overcome a major crisis

    14 October 2013

    The pension fund in Viet Nam faces a crisis, but the required reforms are not popular. ILO Viet Nam specialist on social protection, Carlos Galian, analyses the difficult choices for the Government.

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    Helping recruitment agencies make a difference

    18 September 2013

    The recruitment agency association in Viet Nam is piloting a self-regulatory tool to promote fair competition and better protect migrant workers.

  6. New Horizon for Vietnamese seafarers

    23 August 2013

    With the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 now in force, ratifying countries, like Vietnam, are turning to implementation.

  7. New employment pattern offers opportunities but can be a two-edged sword

    23 April 2013

    The amended Labour Code for the first time recognizes the practice of labour dispatch, where workers are employed by one company and ”dispatched” to work in another company. Chief Technical Advisor on Industrial Relations of ILO Viet Nam, Yoon Youngmo, analyzes the significant changes this will bring to the labour market.

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    Fighting a slow and invisible killer

    23 April 2013

    Rock quarries are among the most dangerous workplaces in Viet Nam. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is helping enhance self-inspection and training on occupational safety and health (OSH) to try to make work in the quarries healthier and safer.


  1. Enhance job opportunities for people with disabilities for everyone's benefits

    30 November 2012

    Viet Nam has lost 3 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product as the result of the involuntary exclusion of persons with disabilities from the labour market. On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), the ILO is calling for investment in more effective inclusion strategies that can yield returns to society and benefit everyone.

  2. Tourism benefits Viet Nam’s rural poor

    01 November 2012

    Inland hilltribe villagers in Quang Nam province have increased their earnings by developing products such as traditional weavings, spices, tea gift baskets and home stay services for tourists, with the help of an ILO project and funding from the Luxembourg Government. By Tran Quynh Hoa, ILO Country Office for Viet Nam.

  3. Viet Nam: Serving markets and workers

    20 July 2012

    Textiles are Viet Nam’s second largest export and provide about two million jobs for local workers. The sector has usually been associated with high productivity and competitiveness, but also with poor working conditions. Is it possible to reconcile the two?


  1. Skills training holds rural families, communities together

    02 December 2011

    Story of Tran Thi Thanh, a 43-year-old grandmother in My Loc, who acquired her first-ever passport and will use it to find work in Taiwan as a domestic worker.

  2. Vietnamese apparel factories producing a good bargain for all

    02 December 2011

    Story of Dang Thu Hoan, a Vietnamese worker who helps produce around US$13 billion in textile export revenues for Viet Nam.