‘Defending Their Rights and Interests’: Bringing Law to Workers’ Residences

  • Tu Phuong Nguyen
Part of the Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific book series (CSAP)


This chapter discusses legal aid activities in Đông Nai Province in which workers are both the main beneficiaries and active participants in legal mobilisation. The ‘core workers,’ recruited and trained under this project, have employed their legal knowledge to offer legal assistance to ordinary factory workers in their residential areas, at the same time engaging with law enforcement institutions to demand justice for themselves and their fellow workers. The chapter highlights the catchphrase of ‘defending their rights and interests’ as a thread that runs through the union’s legal aid objective and examines the potential of legal aid in shaping workers’ views of labour relations and workplace problems, providing the social space for grievance sharing, and enabling disadvantaged workers to break their silence against unjust practices.


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  • Tu Phuong Nguyen
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  1. 1.Centre for Governance and Public PolicyGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia

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