Signs of industrial relations’ crisis in Vietnam: Poor wage bargaining, labour shortages and strikes

Source: MOLISA, Report by the National Labour Relations Committee
Author: Mdm. Pham Lan Huong
Chief of Section for International Economic Integration
Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM)
Date: April 1-2, 2010

Vietnam has generally been regarded as a non-market economy, that is, an economy that does not follow market rules in terms of costs and prices, including wages. One of the six criteria that the US and other countries have used to review and impose ‘non-market economy’ status on Vietnam was that wages are not fixed on the basis of free negotiations between workers and employers.

Fall in the wage share and growing conflicts over wage issues in China

China's wage proportion decreases for 22 years

Author: Jin Zhu
Source: China Daily
Date: May 13, 2010

The wage share has been declining continuously in China where working conditions are also characterized by very low pay and long working hours. This has also led to an increasing number of strikes and increased pressures on employers and municipalities to increase minimum wages and wage levels in general.

Wage increases to avoid social conflicts in Zambia

Zambian union agrees pay rises with mining firms

Source: Reuters
Author: Chris Mfula
Date: February 1, 2010

As a result of threats of a large-scale strike in Zambia, copper mine workers received a 22 percent pay increase. Zambia's largest mineworkers' union said on Monday that it had agreed  wage increases with some of the country's top mining firms, averting possible strikes that would have dented output.

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