O-05 LABOR ORDER
  Huân Chương Lao Động

The Labor Order is the fifth highest order of the SRV. It is awarded to individuals, collectives and foreigners. (if anyone has a recipient list or info on the number of awards, please let me know at rdavemail-medals@yahoo.com)

It was established in 1950 by the DRV, and was maintained with the SRV. Formalizing the regulations for all SRV awards was done in 2003. Redesign for all SRV awards was done in 2006. Another redesign for all SRV awards was done in 2014. (see regulation extracts here)

5/A INITIAL DESIGN (1950)
  three classes - distinguished by ribbon device stars - established 1 May 1950; revised 26 November 2003; guidelines 30 September 2005;
  For: collectives and individuals for outstanding achievements in intellectual and manual endeavors;
  Design: round breast badge, golden bronze, 34mm across, with suspension ribbon;
    Obverse: in the center a gold five pointed star on a red disc, with a toothed gear on the right and a sheaf of rice on the left, and an open book below on foliage, with a red ribbon below with the inscription "VIỆT NAM", and on the top inscribed "HUÂN CHƯƠNG LAO ĐỘNG", and around the border and on part of the bottom dark blue enamel;
    Reverse: plain, sometimes with serial number of the medal;
    Suspension: eyelet at top, with ribbon ring to pentagonal frame (presumably initially full pentagonal metal plate, and later lower bar with upper pinback); late version with golden pentagonal metal plate with pinback;
  Ribbon: 25mm - red 3mm, blue 3mm, red 13mm, blue 3mm, red 3mm; pentagonal;

5/A/1 First Class - Device: three small gold stars;
5/A/2 Second Class - Device: two small gold stars;
5/A/3 Third Class - Device: one small gold star;

 

Many variations have been observered, however it is not clear if they are all genuine or some are concoctions (if anyone has any info or other variations please let me know at rdavemail-medals@yahoo.com):

Die 1: Perhaps initial type: full-filled accent agave HUAN, full triangle accent CHUONG, sometimes numbered
Blackish edge lighter blue ribbon repainted concoction ?

Die 2: full-filled accent agave HUAN, round accent CHUONG, numbered Die 3: like die 1 but not fine, numbered (false ?) Die 4: unfilled accent agave HUAN, thin ribbon, short hatches below book Die 5:unfilled accent agave HUAN, thin ribbon, different short hatches below book
  copper color, red paint, light blue paint doubled    

Die 6: unfilled accent agave HUAN, long hatches below book Die 7: unfilled accent agave HUAN, thin ribbon, shorter hatches below book Die 8: unfilled accent agave HUAN, like 6, but different book shape Die 9: Crude type, sometimes numbered (copy ?)
  polished reverse aluminum  

 

Numbered type :

labor order obvlabor order rev

Observed numbers (if anyone has any other numbers or other info on these, or can research the number in the Vietnamese archives, please let me know at rdavemail-medals@yahoo.com):

 
1718 4101 4399 4680
7651 9284 9452 9816

 

A different numbered type - a number copy ? :


(found with fabricated ribbon - Resistance Order ribbon with yellow stripes colored black)

Observed numbers (if anyone has any other numbers or other info on these please let me know at rdavemail-medals@yahoo.com):

   
2256 6230    

 

Crude type - a copy (or local expedient type) ? :

 
(found with fabricated ribbon (Resistance Order ribbon with yellow stripes colored black) or solid red)

Observed crude version numbers (if anyone has any other numbers or other info on these please let me know at rdavemail-medals@yahoo.com):

1243 2014 2453 3200
     
un-numbered example      

Late example (aluminum planchet):

labor order obvlabor order rev 
(both full suspension plate and pinback with lower bar type)

Late example (by Z117):


(polished reverse)

Award Certificate :

labor order certificate

 



5/B DESIGN OF 2006
  three classes - distinguished by ribbon device stars - redesigned 19 May 2006; revised 16 November 2013; guidelines 30 September 2005, 15 April 2010;
  For: collectives and individuals for outstanding achievements in intellectual and manual endeavors;
  Design: round breast badge, gilt, 37mm across, with suspension ribbon;
    Obverse: in the center a gold five pointed star on a red disc, with a toothed gear on the right and a sheaf of rice on the left, and an open book below on foliage, with a red ribbon below with the inscription "VIỆT NAM", and on the top inscribed "HUÂN CHƯƠNG LAO ĐỘNG", and around the border and on part of the bottom darkblue enamel, all coated on the face in clear laquer;
    Reverse: checkered pattern with manufacturer name "C. TY. CƠ KHÍ 17" and local phone number "04.3884 3323"; (perhaps an early version plain ?)
    Suspension: arrangement at top with eyelet, and ribbon ring to golden pentagonal plate with pin-back;
  Ribbon: 28mm - red with a 3mm dark blue band placed 5mm from each edge; pentagonal;
  Device:: stars indicating award class.

5/B/1 First Class - Device: three small gold stars;
5/B/2 Second Class - Device: two small gold stars;
5/B/3 Third Class - Device: one small gold star;


 



5/C DESIGN OF 2014
  one class - redesigned 10 September 2014 and 20 July 2018; guildelines 31 July 2017
  For: collectives and individuals for outstanding achievements in intellectual and manual endeavors;
  Design: round breast badge, gilt, 37mm across, with suspension ribbon;
    Obverse: in the center a gold five pointed star on a red disc, with a toothed gear on the right and a sheaf of rice on the left, and an open book below, with a red ribbon below with the inscription "VIỆT NAM", and on the top inscribed "HUÂN CHƯƠNG LAO ĐỘNG", and around the border and on part of the bottom dark blue enamel, all coated on the face in clear laquer;
    Reverse: checkered pattern with manufacturer name "C. TY. CƠ KHÍ 17" and local phone number "04.3884 3323";
    Suspension: lotus with center eyelet at top, and ribbon ring to golden pentagonal plate with pin-back;
  Ribbon: 28mm - red with a 3mm light blue band placed 5mm from each edge; pentagonal;
  Device:: stars indicating award class.

5/C/1 First Class - Device: three small gold stars;
5/C/2 Second Class - Device: two small gold stars;
5/C/3 Third Class - Device: one small gold star;



(note actual OD is 37mm)

 


References (Please let me know others at rdavemail-medals@yahoo.com) :

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2 The Orders and Medals of the Communist Governments of Indochina, Revision II, John Sylvester Jr., 1994. (JS94) [Out of Print]
3 Orders and Decorations of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Nước Cộng Hòa Xã Hội Chủ Nghĩa Việt Nam), Institute of Orders (Viện Huân Chương). (Does anyone know the date of publication ?)
4 Orders, Decorations and Badges of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam, Edward J. Emering, 1997. (EE97) Availalbe at https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764301438/
5 Encyclopedia of the Orders, Decorations, Medals and Badges of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Edward John Emering, 2000. (EE00) Available at http://www.themedalhound.com/books/titles.html
6 Orders and Decorations of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: An Update, Edward John Emering, 2008. (EE08) Available at http://www.themedalhound.com/books/titles.html
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Articles (Please let me know others at rdavemail-medals@yahoo.com) :

1 “Stray Notes on the Orders, Decorations, and Medals of the Democratic/Socialist Republic of Vietnam”, John Sylvester Jr., 2000.
2 “Addendum to the Stray Notes on the Orders, Decorations, and Medals of the Democratic/Socialist Republic of Vietnam”, John Sylvester Jr., 2003.
3 “The New 2007 Orders and Decorations of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam”, by Emering, Edward J, JOMSA Vol. 62, No. 1 (Jan-Feb 11): 21-28
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Websites (Please let me know others at rdavemail-medals@yahoo.com) :

1 Wikipedia https://vi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huân chương Lao động (Vietnamese)
2 Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Order (English)
3 http://www.giaithuong.vn/giaithuong/tieng-viet/khenthuong-giaithuong/gioithieu-giai/thi-dua-khen-thuong-cap-nha-nuoc/huan-chuong-lao-dong.html/
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