Do Quynh Chi

The missing link in the chain?

In Asia, countries with export-oriented industries like Vietnam benefit from low wages and a growing workforce to ensure participation in the new global trade regimes. However, trade liberalisation and trade agreements in their current form have unleashed hyper-competitive pressure in products such as ready-made garments, footwear and consumer electronics.

Labour clauses linked to trade have provided little protection for workers on core labour standards, let alone living wages, working hours and safety standards. This Vietnam country study explores the labour practices in the global value chains of three key exporting industries in Vietnam, namely garments, footwear and electronics, within the context of the industrial and labour relations systems of the country. It suggests ways how decent work in global supply chains can be influenced through national and local government policies, international trade regimes and the policies of multinational corporations on the top of the supply chain.

Within the framework of the CLS Plus project, the country study for Vietnam was coordinated by the FES office in Vietnam and conducted by the research team from the Research Center for Employment Relations (ERC) in Vietnam.

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