Labour-Management Relations and Productivity Seminar (PROGRESS) held with VGCL in Vietnam

The JILAF and the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) jointly held a seminar on labour-management relations and productivity (PROGRESS) in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, on 26–29 October with the participation of 31 trade union leaders.

The aim of the PROGRESS seminar is the establishment of constructive labour-management relations through the productivity movement (5S and kaizen activities). It is expected that the participants will themselves become instructors and disseminate back in the workplace.what they have learned and experienced through the programme

The four-day seminar focused mainly on (1) the role and challenges of trade unions, (2) labour standards and constructive labour-management relations, (3) the productivity movement and trade unions, and (4) labour-management consultations and collective bargaining.

The participants made comments such as “The seminar activities, such as the 5S patrol and mock collective bargaining, were practical and easy to understand, and I really want to spread them in the workplace” and “I understood that productivity improvement brought major benefits not only to employers but to workers as well, so I want to promote 5S and kaizen activities together with management.”

※PROGRESS = PROGram on Role of Trade Unions in Empowerment and Strategic Steps to Decent Work
※The 5S principles refer to the first letters of five Japanese words: seiri (sort), seiton (set things in order), seiso (shine), seiketsu (standardize), and shitsuke (sustain).


10/26SatSeminar day 1 (globalization, labour-management relations, and the role of trade unions)
10/27SunSeminar day 2 (corporate social responsibility, the meaning of productivity, 5S and kaizen activities, etc.)
10/28MonSeminar day 3 (factory visit, 5S practice, productivity and fair distribution,)
10/29TueSeminar day 4 (mock collective bargaining, dialogue with employers, compilation of action plans)

Photos of the Participants

5S patrol in factory

Learning about kaizen activities in teams

Group photo