return icon Vietnamnet.vn

Deputy Prime Minister proposes aid package for employees returning to work

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has asked the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and localities to design a support package for people returning to their jobs after lockdown.

{keywords}

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam

 

 

Dam, speaking at the National Assembly Q&A session on November 11, 2021 mentioned the departure of many workers from HCM City to their hometowns, saying it is necessary to apply necessary measures to attract workers who had left for their hometowns to return to work, and the interests of the workers and their families must be ensured.

He said that many problems were exposed during the fourth Covid wave, including accommodations for workers and welfare support.

The cabinet came to agreement on some principles and will submit to the National Assembly programs to solve these problems.

The matter of biggest concern is what to do in the next month.

The number of laborers moving between areas is 1.3 million, belonging to several groups.

First, laborers working under official contracts. These are part of a stable and long-term labor force, working at large corporations, especially in industrial zones (IZs) and export processing zones (EPZs). Most of them are in HCM City, Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Long An provinces and most received a part of salaries from employers while they were off work.

Second, laborers working in small enterprises, construction sites, or seasonal workers. In these cases, employers have not made commitments about calling workers back.

Third, freelancers who do not have official labor contracts. The number of these workers is very high, especially in HCM City.

Fourth, independent people. They come to HCM City and provinces to help their relatives who are factory workers to look after the workers’ children. They are not official workers, but it is necessary to take care of them.

Fifth, other workers coming to HCM City and southern provinces to seek job opportunities.

Dam said for the people belonging to the second, third, fourth and fifth groups, there are two problems that need to be solved.

First, Covid needs to be controlled because people are afraid that after they return to work, they may have to stop working if an outbreak occurs.

Second, schools should reopen, especially preschools and primary schools. Workers may also want to have support for travel and guesthouses for a certain time.

Workers also want to get a part of their salaries and ensure that labor contracts will not be broken if a new wave breaks out.

Restructuring production, labor force

Dam pointed out what needs to be done at the central level.

First, checking all the regulations on pandemic prevention and control to be sure they provide safety but are not too complicated. The regulations on testing and response to Covid cases and their close contacts need to be flexible.

“This needs cooperation from businesses who need to take care of their workers and not put all the responsibility on the government,” Dam said.

 

Dam asked localities to activate programs on building houses for workers and gradually restructure production and the workforce. Vietnam should not insist on developing a cheap workforce as an advantage in the future, he said.

 

It is also necessary to set temporary regulations that are practical for businesses.

For example, a temporary special regulation on limiting the numbers of working hours within a month or within a year is being considered. Businesses are gearing up to implement orders to be able to deliver products on time for the year-end sale season.

Enterprises have been recruiting workers, including high-quality, mid-level and senior workers, to resume operations in the new normal period and prepare orders for the Lunar New Year.

Localities need to take the initiative in connecting people who want to return to their workplaces. A survey found that half of workers prefer freedom and don’t need the connection to local authorities. They go to HCM City and then think about where to apply for jobs.

“We need to help the other 50 percent of workers who want help connecting to enterprises by providing sufficient information and vaccinating them,” Dam said.

“I talked to some provinces’ leaders and realized that localities are willing to pay money to bring workers back to work, if there are connections,” he said.

In addition to aid packages, Dam proposed that MOLISA and localities consider specific aid packages for workers coming back to work.

He said that many people have to live in privately run boarding houses with very poor conditions. He asked localities to activate programs on building houses for workers and gradually restructure production and the workforce. Vietnam should not insist on developing a cheap workforce as an advantage in the future, he said.

National Assembly Chair Vuong Dinh Hue said the Government needs to clarify the responsibility of state management agencies in the migration of workers.

“Will we pledge not to let this happen once again? We must give a clear answer to the question,” Hue said. “Settling labor shortages in areas where workers leave and creating livelihoods in areas where workers go is what we have to do.” 

Huong Quynh -Thu Hang - Tran Thuong

HCM City forecasts shortage of 60,000 workers in Q1 next year

HCM City forecasts shortage of 60,000 workers in Q1 next year

HCMC may face a shortage of some 60,000 workers in the first quarter of next year if the Covid-19 pandemic continues unabated in coming months, according to the municipal Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs.

More workers return to work

More workers return to work

In recent days, workers from the Central Highlands provinces are returning to HCMC, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong to continue their jobs because they know that social distancing has been loosened, and businesses have started to resume production.

MORE NEWS

Aviation industry forecast to fully recover in 2025

It is not until 2025 that the local aviation sector can fully recover due to rising fuel prices and the slower-than-expected reopening of international markets, according to domestic airlines.

VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES JUNE 28

Hanoi airport faces serious congestion during summer peak

Hanoi and Hoi An among Top 25 Overall Experiences in Asia

Motorbike tours around Hanoi and cooking classes in Hoi An have made it into the Top 25 Overall Experiences in Asia, as voted on by readers of TripAdvisor.

Vietnam, Hungary seal judicial cooperation deal for 2022-2023

Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and his Hungarian counterpart Judit Varga on June 27 signed a cooperation programme between the two ministries for the 2022-2023 period.

India conglomerate pledges to invest 10 billion USD in Vietnam

A joint venture between India’s Adani Group and Vietnam’s Anh Phat Investment Construction & Trading JSC has been approved by authorities of Da Nang to start studying the development of a major seaport in the central city.

VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS JUNE 28

Govt approves appointment of contractors for North-South expy project

HCM City hi-tech park to speed up investment procedures

HCM City will focus on helping businesses invest in the Saigon Hi-tech Park in Thu Duc City by addressing slow administrative procedures, a conference on facilitating investment heard on June 27.

Korea, Vietnam to mark 30th anniversary of relations with cultural events

The Korea Content Creation Agency in Vietnam will organise a series of cultural-entertainment events this year to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

HCM City to promote AI in education sector

HCM City will need to promote the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the education sector as part of its effort to become a smart city by 2030, experts said.

Additionally-registered and share-purchased FDI soars sharply in first half of 2022

Despite newly-registered FDI dropping in the first half of the year, additionally-registered and share-purchased investments increased significantly on-year.

Vietnam joins hands with France to renovate Hanoi’s Long Bien bridge

Vietnamese and French experts will join hands to renovate Hanoi City’s deteriorating Long Bien Bridge in the coming months.

Lessons learned from urban railway projects

The urban railway projects that have been and are under construction are all behind schedule, so the total investment must be adjusted.

Prices hit record high, Vietnam earns big money from catfish

Export prices have been escalating in all markets and hitting new records in the US. Vietnam’s catfish export turnover is expected to reach $2.6 billion this year, the highest in history.

Phu Dien Cham Tower in Vietnam sets world record

The central province of Thua Thien – Hue on June 27 held a ceremony to mark WorldKings’ recognition of Phu Dien Tower built by the Cham people as a world record.

Explosive e-commerce growth drives demand for logistics

The rapid growth in e-commerce is driving an unprecedented increase in demand for logistics services, including express delivery services, according to industry insiders.
back_to_top