Railways pitches in to help unemployed people

The Vietnam Railway Corporation said it has cut fares by 25 percent for unemployed people in an effort to help them tide over the difficult times caused by the recession.

People buy tickets at Sai Gon Railway Station (Photo: SGGP)

The fare reduction would be valid from February 24 to May 31, Nguyen Huu Tuyen, head of its Transport Department, said, adding this is likely to be the most difficult time for companies.

During this period, tens of thousands of workers could be unemployed, he said, with many traveling to their hometowns or other provinces looking for work.

To avail the discount, passengers have to present documents from their companies or authorities proving they are unemployed.

The railways is also offering a 20 percent discount to all passengers on tickets bought 60 days before the date of travel and 10 percent if bought from 15 to 59 days earlier.

Workers need shares

Nguyen Thi Le, a worker in Binh Duong, said: “My husband will work until the end of February because his company has not renewed his contract. The company said when things get better, maybe in June or by the end of this year, he can return to work.”

Her husband would return to his hometown in the north, so the railways’ assistance is welcome, she added.

Nguyen Dinh Hoa, an elderly person living in Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi, said buses, ships, and other services should also provide discounts to unemployed people.

By Bao Chau – Translated by H.Mien

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