Vietnam General Confederation of Labour
Tổng Liên đoàn Lao động Việt Nam
Emblem of Vietnam General Confederation of Labor.svg
Founded29 July 1929 (1929-07-29)
HeadquartersHanoi, Vietnam
Key people
Bui Van Cuong, President

The Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) is the sole national trade union center in Vietnam. It was founded 29 July 1929 as the Red Workers' General Union in Northern Vietnam, and extended into the entire country after the collapse of South Vietnam in 1975.[citation needed]

The VGCL's role, as shown on the Vietnamese side of its website, includes a "responsibility to implement the party's directions and policies and to contribute to the party's development".[1] It is under the oversight of the Communist Party: "The party oversees the way the VGCL implements the party's directions and policies."

All trade unions in Vietnam are required by law to affiliate to the VGCL, and the VGCL is one of the mass movements of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front. Bui Van Cuong, the VGCL president, is a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee.

The VGCL is affiliated to the World Federation of Trade Unions. In 2011 VGCL President Bui Van Cuong was elected a WFTU Vice-President.[2]


The VGCL is composed of 63 local federations of labor, representing cities and provinces.[3]

Affiliated unions

There are 20 affiliated National Industrial Unions:[4]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "The 16th World Trade Union Congress was successfully completed". Archived from the original on 4 May 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2006.
  3. ^ "Provincial and City Federations of Labour". Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2006.
  4. ^ "National Industrial Unions". Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2006.