Trade unions in Laos

Trade unions in Laos are governed by the Trade Union Act (2007). The current law forbids trade union pluralism, that is all unions must belong to the sole national centre, the Lao Federation of Trade Unions. The Labour Law of 2006 forbids work stoppages and strikes. Employees in state enterprises and government officers constitute the largest membership of trade unions in Laos.[1]

Laos has been a member of the International Labour Organisation since 1964.[2] Laos has not ratified the two key Conventions covering trade union rights on freedom of association and collective bargaining (Conventions 87 and 98).[3]


  1. Annual Survey of Trade Union Rights Violations:Laos International Trade Union Confederation 2008
  2. ILO Asia Pacific: Laos
  3. ILO Asia Pacific: Laos
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