Yesterday (Friday) i had the opportunity to inteview Chau Nhat Binh from the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor on WPFW-FM in DC. If you have a chance, go to the WPFW archives at www.wpfwfm.org and look for “ARISE!” You can check out the show from August 1st.
It was an interesting exchange where we reviewed the history of the Vietnamese labor movement and the challenges that they face. It was a difficult exchange because we have very different histories and experiences. For instance, there have been a lot of wildcats in Vietnam against backward employers. The VGCL does not lead these strikes but seems to serve more as a mediator or intermediary. This is difficult for me to read and interpret. There is a labor code in the Constitution which all employers are supposed to follow.
I look forward to another opportunity to go into some of these issues more deeply. I hope that you will find this exchange interesting and helpful.