Addressing a ceremony held in Hanoi to celebrate the 135th anniversary of International Labor Day (May 1), the President said workers and laborers have continued to play an important role after 30 years of reform, noting they are the driving force in the process of national industrialization and modernization.
President Phuc hailed initiatives raised by trade union members and employees nationwide for the development of their businesses, agencies, units and the nation as a whole.
Pointing out difficulties facing workers and laborers in general, notably those working in the informal sector, as Vietnam and the world are combating COVID-19, the leader stressed that the Party and the State have adopted effective measures to fight the pandemic and recover the national economy.
Incomes of laborers are expected to increase again and new jobs would be created in the time ahead, helping to boost the rapid, sustainable economic growth of the country, the President said.
In that spirit, he emphasized the need for the Vietnamese trade union to soon draw up an action plan in order to realize the Resolution adopted at the 13th National Party Congress, saying the plan must carry forward the core, pioneer role of workers and laborers nationwide.
At the same time, trade union organizations at all levels should revamp their operational methods to better care and protect legitimate rights and interests of workers, he said.
Nguyen Dinh Khang, President of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor (VGCL), highlighted great contributions of the working class to the development of the Vietnamese revolution.
The VGCL has chosen the theme of “Solidarity, Creativity, Overcoming Difficulties, Development” for 2021, he said, adding that up to 245,000 initiatives were raised by workers and laborers across the country under a program launched by the confederation.
On this occasion, the VGCL launched the Workers’ Month and the Month for Labor Safety and Hygiene.