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Vietnamese labour law: there's an app for that

8 July 2016

A free smartphone app designed to make Vietnam’s labour laws accessible to factory management and workers has been launched.

Created by Better Work Vietnam, a partnership between the International Labour Organisation and the International Finance Corporation, the app allows users to read Better Work’s labour law guide in both Vietnamese and English.

The guide lets users navigate through the law by sections of interest, search by key terms and save or share articles.

It covers all major areas of labour law such as rules on the minimum working age, trade unions, collective bargaining, discrimination and forced labour, among other things.

“We thought bringing the guide straight to their fingertips through a smartphone app would be an ideal way to boost its accessibility and help users navigate through the various chapters of the law more easily,” said David Williams, technical officer at Better Work Vietnam.

Williams said factory management, human resources and compliance teams were already using the app. 

“Global brands who we work with also have a key interest in safe and fair working conditions, so the app will also help them, especially sourcing and compliance teams,” he added. 

As well as interactive quizzes, news and updates from Better Work, the app has a frequently asked questions section.

The FAQs offer answers for management questions such as: “Can [a woman] come back to work after just four months maternity leave?” and: “How do I pay workers that work from 10pm on 29 April to 7am on the 30 April, which is the Victory Day holiday?”

While anyone can download the app, Williams said it is primarily targeted at factory management because of “the technical difficulty of the content”.

Better Work “has a suite of other more tailored materials to educate workers about their rights and obligations under the law,” he added.

The app can be downloaded from both Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

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