On the Precipice: Prospects for Free Labor Unions in Vietnam

San Diego International Law Journal, Forthcoming

17 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2018

See all articles by Trang Thi Kieu Tran

Trang Thi Kieu Tran

Hanoi Law University

Richard A. Bales

Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law

Date Written: January 26, 2018


Viet Nam is rapidly transitioning economically, in large part due to the pro-trade policies that have attracted international capital. A necessary component for Viet Nam to further integrate into the world economy is to develop a system of industrial relations that will ensure industrial stability and reassure international manufacturers that there is no risk of embarrassment resulting from revelations of brutal or unsafe working conditions. Positive signs for rapid labor reform were visible as recently as early 2016 with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”), a trade agreement intended to integrate trade among twelve countries (including Viet Nam), which would have set international benchmarks and a fixed deadline for labor reform.

Notwithstanding the withdrawal of the U.S. from TPP negotiations, labor reform in Vietnam continues, as there is currently a vigorous debate within the country over which direction reform should take. This article describes the existing labor regime in Viet Nam, and how the ILO and the TPP jump-started the most recent wave of labor reform. It then analyzes Vietnamese labor law, specifically as compared to ILO norms, and evaluates current proposals for reform.

Suggested Citation

Tran, Trang and Bales, Richard A., On the Precipice: Prospects for Free Labor Unions in Vietnam (January 26, 2018). San Diego International Law Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3110721

Trang Tran

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Richard A. Bales (Contact Author)

Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law ( email )

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