Workers slam eroding conditions for women

Proposed legislation to eliminate some favourable conditions for female workers has met with resistance by both workers and employer. If approved, the draft Labour Code for 2018 would remove the favourable terms for female workers that were regulated by the 2012 Labour Code. These include a 30-minute daily break for menstruating women, 60-minute break a day for women nursing babies younger than one year. Trần Thị Dung, chairwoman of HCM City-based Kollan Company’s trade union, said these favourable terms reflected an understanding of the needs of female workers. “A 30-minute break every day on menstruating days shows sympathy for weariness of women, helping female labourers feel motivated and giving them peace of mind.”

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