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Employees Enjoy Better Working Conditions, Rights

More than 400 state enterprises and private factories in Vientiane have signed on to collective bargaining agreements to protect the rights and benefits of both employees and employers.

Most people working at state enterprises are more satisfied with their working conditions than employees in factories, because some state enterprise workers earn a better income.

But both employees in state enterprises and privately-owned factories have seen their social welfare improve after many local businesses entered into collective bargaining agreements, which were initiated by the Lao Federation of Trade Unions and development partners in 2008.

This information was revealed last week at a meeting of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions and the National University of Laos, who have set up a joint cooperation programme. The meeting, which was chaired by the federation’s Vice President Mr Simoun Ounlasy, heard about the effects of collective bargaining agreement implementation.

Participants discussed the ways in which the collective bargaining agreements had helped to improve efforts to protect the rights and benefits of employees and employers.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement Implementation Committee presented a survey of the status changes of business units, employees and employers.

The survey showed that the status of business units had improved and that working conditions were safer in many cases, employees had better and stable jobs, and employees were earning a decent wage and enjoying social welfare benefits.

The average salary in some privately-owned factories is between 1-2 million kip per month and 2-5 million kip in some state enterprises in Vientiane.

It was also found that employees were paying more attention to their work, complying with workplace rules, sticking to working hours, showing more responsibility, and enjoying their work more.

Mostly people working at factories in Vientiane who were not normal residents of the capital came from Huaphan and Luang Prabang provinces, while most of those working at state enterprises who had migrated to Vientiane came from Vientiane province.

The status of employers had also changed for the better, as they had developed better relationships with employees, provided good advice, explained the situation when employees made a mistake, and gave larger bonuses on special occasions.

Some employers also provided facilities, housing and transport, and improved the workplace to provide more convenience for employees.

The Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry strongly believes that skill development, labour migration, education, and human resource development are important and benefit the country.

The Chamber advised that businesses should do more to develop labour skills, in addition to ploughing in more investment and creating more job opportunities for Lao people so that Laos can graduate from Least Developed Country status by 2020.


Source: Vientiane Times

Deeper Understanding Vital for Better Sanitation in Borikhamxay

Despite some progress, Thaphabath district in Borikhamxay province still needs to increase local people’s understanding of the importance of improvements to sanitation.

People in target villages still don’t understand the importance of this work as many families are poorly informed about the need for good hygiene and still don’t understand why it is necessary, a district health official said.

Head of the district health office, Dr Kaikeo Luangphanh, was speaking recently at a ceremony to announce the district’s success at achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) status, noting the achievement follows the government’s efforts to improve sanitation and hygiene, and therefore the health and well-being of communities.

He said Thaphabath had witnessed progress in the health sector with many residents in target villages having access to health services. However, many people were still not accessing health services because they are poor and health workers are not sufficiently informed about sanitation.

Since 2009 the district had been distributing and collecting healthcare information about communities according to government policy, he said.

Health officials and village volunteers have been collecting information from villages about issues that seriously affect the safety and quality of care given to mothers and newborns and other problems with regard to community health. As a result, local people have been given access to more health services, he added.

He said the authorities have been targeting healthcare for preschool age children as they were most at risk from poor sanitation.

Acute respiratory infections and diarrhoeal diseases are the main cause of infant mortality and are related to unclean water, poor hygiene, and a lack of sanitation.

Thaphabat district now has about 27,000 people including children and women in 26 villages using toilets and no one is practising open defecation.

There are now six dispensaries, 66 community-based distributors, 13 midwives assisting in childbirth, and 18 pharmacies in the district.

A senior official from the Ministry of Health said the ministry was trying to improve standards of care. We’re looking at improving assistance for deliveries in a comprehensive way, so we’re boosting standards of healthcare and improving the services offered by doctors and nurses at hospitals and dispensaries at both the central and district levels.

It is crucial for those living in remote rural areas to understand the link between basic sanitation and improved health.

The contrast between urban and rural populations using improved sanitation is significant. In Laos, 91 percent of urban dwellers use improved sanitation compared with 48 percent of people living in rural areas.

Source: Vientiane Times

NA President Urges Better Economic Zone Management

President of the National Assembly, Ms Pany Yathotou has stressed that all relevant government organisations need to urgently improve their administration and coordination mechanisms to better facilitate investment.

Supreme Court Pledges Better Justice Delivery

The newly elected Party Committee of the People’s Supreme Court (PSC) has pledged to deliver better justice to society as the seven-member committee will oversee the guidance of the court’s affairs over the next five years.

Better Access to Lawyers, Justice Services Expected

Lawmakers are drafting amendments to the Law on Lawyers, aiming to ensure people enjoy better access to legal services and receive justice – in a move which aims to further the government’s efforts to make Laos a society ruled by law.

Bus Enterprise to Serve Passengers Better

Vientiane Capital State Bus Enterprise (VCSBE) is expected to serve passengers better and become more user-friendly and convenient.

Better Budgeting Needed in Health Sector

Laos will need stronger financial management planning and budgeting in the health sector if it is to provide free healthcare for people in target provinces.

Coffee Growers Hopeful of Better Price This Year

The Lao Coffee Association is hopeful that growers will get more for their coffee this year thanks to rising prices in the world market.