Vietnam – Government ratifies ILO Convention on employment for workers with disabilities

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Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong has signed off on Vietnam’s ratification of ILO (International Labour Organisation) Convention 159 on Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment for Disabled Persons.

According to the ILO, the signing further proves the country’s commitment to ensure no discrimination for employment of persons with disabilities.

Under the Convention, countries must adopt, modify or abolish existing laws, regulations and customs that constitute discrimination against persons with disabilities, among others. The Convention also outlines action and policies at the national level to develop vocational rehabilitation and employment services for people with disabilities.

“The inclusion of workers with disabilities means leaving no one behind in the economic and labour market development. It is not only a matter of human rights but also of business success,” ILO Viet Nam Director, Chang-Hee Lee, said. “By including people with disabilities, companies, individuals and society at large all win.”

An ILO study pointed out that Vietnam loses about 3%of its Gross Domestic Product as the result of the exclusion of persons with disabilities from the labour market.

ILO stated that by focusing on skills rather than stereotypes, employers can access an untapped pool of talent.
Convention 159 will be effective 12 months from the date of submission of Vietnam’s dossier to be registered with ILO Director General. Vietnam also plans to ratify Convention 98 on the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining – one of the remaining fundamental conventions, by the end of 2019, ILO Centenary Year.



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