After two years of struggle to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic, laborers have run out of accumulated funds. The fact that they are struck by job loss and reduction right before the Tet holiday has been causing burdens to pile up.
The Labor Federation of HCMC will spend around VND140 billion (US$5.6 million) to organize activities and present gifts to laborers in the city on the occasion of the upcoming lunar New Year, the federation said on November 23.
Ho Chi Minh City so far has distributed the rent support amount of VND417 billion (US$17.8 million) from the state budget to over 77,000 laborers in 24,000 businesses. The HCMC Department of Labor, Was Invalids and Social Affairs is going to complete this task by August 30. This is the conclusion in yesterday’s meeting of the HCMC Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Economy Recovery.
The Government Office yesterday announced the Prime Minister’s direction for the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs to identify the reasons of the tardiness in rent support distribution to employees nationwide and apply corresponding solutions to accelerate this task.
In the Workers’ Month of this year, the labor unions at all levels in Ho Chi Minh City have been launching various medical care programs for thousands of laborers in the city, especially the post-Covid pregnant and females in need of gynecological examination.
Today, the Ho Chi Minh City-based Trade Union Social Work Center under the Ho Chi Minh City Labor Confederation in coordination with the City Center for Rehabilitation and Support for Children with Disabilities gave scholarships and gifts to orphans and children with disabilities on occasion of International Children's Day, June 1.
The Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs is proposing that the Government and the National Assembly allow a rise in overtime hours of laborers from 40 hours to 72 hours per month since there is now an exceptionally high demand of labor for economic recovery.
After the fourth Covid-19 pandemic, more than 1.3 million workers have returned to work in Ho Chi Minh City. Many enterprises have been urgently recruiting workers to resume operations in the new normal period and prepare orders for the Lunar New Year. The labor market is vibrant in the unskilled, mid-level, and senior labor segments.
Mr. Do Thanh Van, Deputy Director of the Center of Forecasting Manpower Needs and Labor Market Information Ho Chi Minh City (Falmi), on October 4, said that HCMC's human resource demand in the fourth quarter of this year is about 44,000-57,000 workers.
The Vietnam General Confederation of Labor in coordination with the low-cost airline, Bamboo Airways plans to present 500 free air tickets to disadvantaged workers to help them come back home celebrating the Tet holiday with their families.
A laborer is entitled to ask for maximum loan covering all labor export fee, according to the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 27/2019/QD-TTg regarding credit personal loan for workers in poor districts working abroad under employment contracts valid till 2020.
As per a survey conducted by the steering board for Rural and Agriculture Censor, due to fast urbanization and low income from farming, laborers in the farming sector change to other jobs, resulting in reduction of workers in the sector.