Over VND73 billion spent caring for Ho Chi Minh city’s workers

Coaches bring disadvantaged workers home for Tet. (Photo: baotintuc.vn)During a recent meeting on the operations of Ho Chi Minh city’s export processing and industrial zones in 2017 and the work in 2018, Tran Cong Khanh, Head of Labor Department under the city Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority (HEPZA), said that of the capital, some VND1.2 billion will be used to support workers with transport tickets for going home for Tet, VND46 billion for Tet presents, and some VND20.6 billion for year-end programs. This year, some 6,000 tickets have been mobilised and are expected to be distributed on January 27th. Additionally, HEPZA will give 3,000 presents for workers who lost jobs due to narrow production, business dissolution or the running away of businesses’ owners Trade fairs and year-end programs will also be held for workers, especially for those who do not return home for Tet. According to HEPZA, among 400 businesses reporting Tet bonuses, domestic businesses give total Tet bonuses of VND950 million each at maximum, while this figure in foreign-invested businesses is VND359 million. A majority of laborers receive one month of salary for Tet bonus, at VND6.2 million per person in domestic businesses and some VND7.8 million in foreign-invested businesses./. Compiled by BTA

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