20,000 workers receive free bus ticket to return homeland forTet

20,000 poor workers in Ho Chi Minh City’s industrial parks and export processing zones were provided with free travel home as the Lunar Year of the Goat comes near-end.

This resulted from the program “Affection tickets” aims to ease the workers’ difficulties. 

Low-income workers will receive free bus tickets to return home to enjoy the Tet festival with families. — Photo nld.com.vn
283 enterprises supported with 4,388 tickets through districts' labor unions in industrial parks and export processing zones, said the organizers. In addition, labor unions will also give gifts worth VND12.5 billion (US$557,500) to over 40,000 workers.

Enterprises across the country are going to give bonus to laborers on occasion of Tet holidays (Lunar New Year). The highest bonus in the country for Tet is VND5 million (US$223) and the lowest Tet bonus rate this year is VND3.5 million (US$156).

Specially, Duy Tan Plastic Company in HCMC’s Binh Tan District and United Package Company in Hoc Mon District plan to give highest Tet bonus of VND320 million (US$ 14,272) and VND160 million (US$ 7,136). New comers will also be given VND500,000.

Currently, 3,519 enterprises have adjusted the basic salary as per the regulation. However, some of them failed to pay workers’ salary, social and unemployment insurance. Company unions will liaise to take care workers who will stay in the city to welcome the lunar new year including launching fairs and a competition of wrapping square glutinous rice cake (filled with green bean paste and fat pork) and cylindrical glutinous rice cake (filled with green bean paste and fat pork).

By Thai Phuong – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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