Minister Promises Strong Solutions to Aid the Poor

The Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) said strong social welfare solutions will be implemented to help stabilise the life of low-income earners and poor people.

MoLISA Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan told the National Assembly deputies at the May 31 question and answer session that currently around 13 million people are receiving salaries or social welfare benefits from the State who are seriously affected by rising prices. That is not to mention another 13 million poor people and tens of millions of others living near the poverty line, including ethnic minority people.

Ngan said her ministry will study the impacts of the price hike on public employees and social welfare beneficiaries, especially the low-income group, with the aim of readjusting minimum wage and pension and subsidies.

Regarding employment and labour issue, she said that her ministry will set up a national labour market information and forecast centre to serve the compilation of a vocational training strategy that will ensure stable supply of quality workers to the market.

Responding to many deputies concern about the effects of rampant strikes on the investment environment, Minister Ngan said the MoLISA will apply strict punishments on businesses and workers who break the labour law.

In order to address the strike issue at its root, the ministry will push for the signing of collective labour deals, devise a housing programme for low-income earners, consider wage reform and develop trade unions in non-State and foreign-invested businesses, said Ngan. At present, a national labour relations committee has been established to provide consultations to the Government on strike settlement, she added.

During the session, Minister Ngan also answered questions on social insurance and social evil prevention and control.

Source: VNA

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