In the current global economic crisis, if workers share the burden of responsibility with their employers and vice versa, every problem can be properly resolved. This is the conclusion from a national conference on industrial relations opened in Hanoi on March 12, under the theme “Sound Industrial Relations: A Key to Surviving the Global Economic Crisis and Building for Vietnam’s Future”, co-organised by the Ministry of Labour, International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Norwegian Embassy in Vietnam.
According to ILO, around 2.3 million people will be unemployed in the Asia-Pacific region in 2009 due to negative impacts caused by the current global economic crisis, accounting for about 6 percent of the total labour force.
The rising unemployment rate has widened the gap between rich and poor, raised the number of poor households, increased labour disputes and caused social disorder and political instability. According to Vietnamese labour experts, the most important thing is to devise a host of measures to deal with the current crisis and minimise negative consequences.