Harmony in interest of relevant parties sought in draft revised Labour Code

It is necessary to carefully consider reducing labourers’ working hours from 48 to 44hours per week to ensure the interests of enterprises, said Phan Thi Thanh Xuan, Vice President and Secretary General of the Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association. She proposed the design of a roadmap for the reduction, thus optimising opportunities for all relevant parties.

According to VCCI President Vu Tien Loc, as Vietnam’s labour productivity is lower than many countries it competes with, cutting working hours to 44 hours per week, with a maximum of 400 extra hours for a year, and the progressive calculation of overtime hours are not suitable.

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