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.
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.
Vietnam rushed to administer the fourth doses of Covid-19 vaccine to those aged 50 and over, people aged 18 years or older with immunocompromised, and people aged 18 years or older who are in the high-risk group for exposure to Covid-19 such as health workers, frontline staff, workers, people working in industrial parks.
Ho Chi Minh City authorities are seeking VND37.6 trillion (US$1.66 billion) to build affordable housing for workers over the next five years, of which State revenue will account for no more than 5 percent of the total investment, according to the Department of Construction.
“This is the most meaningful investment promotion. Especially in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, this action is even more meaningful," Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen praised the Management Board of the Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP) for prioritizing the health and life of workers and laborers above all.
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.
Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs Le Minh Tan, on the afternoon of October 22, said that because more than 1.5 million people had not yet received financial support of the third Covid-19 relief package, the city decided to extend disbursement until October 31.
In recent days, workers from the Central Highlands provinces are returning to Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong provinces to continue their jobs because they know that social distancing has been loosened, and businesses have started to resume production.
Quang Trung Software Park (QTSC) and Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP), which play an important role in the production and export of software and high-tech products of Ho Chi Minh City, have soon resumed operations when the city implements Directive No.18.
Children of poor households, workers working in export processing zones, industrial parks, and self-employed laborers due to the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic, children from ethnic minority families and children of frontline workers were given learning kits.
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 People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has just sent a document to the People's Committees of Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Long An, and Tay Ninh provinces, requesting consideration and consensus on a plan for workers to travel between the city and other provinces.
Enterprises are looking forward to the day Ho Chi Minh City reopens to restore production but cannot help worry about a labor shortage and safe conditions for operations and production. That is also the concern of a large number of workers who have been unemployed for many months and are longing for the day they return to work.
The Department of Transport of Ho Chi Minh City, on the afternoon of September 24, informed that it had just submitted to the municipal People's Committee a plan to coordinate with provinces to welcome workers back to the city.