Ho Chi Minh City’s trade union will focus on caring for and supporting employees who have lost their jobs or have unstable jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic during the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) Festival, said Vice President of the municipal Labour Confederation Pham Chi Tam.
Tam said support activities during Tet will also target female workers who are pregnant or raising children under 6 years old with difficult circumstances; employees who have owed wages and have labour contracts suspended; nurses, doctors, and health workers on duty to prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic; labourers with difficult circumstances undergoing COVID-19 treatment; trade union members and trade union members' children that are entitled to free heart surgery; workers in difficult circumstances at enterprises that have not yet established grassroots trade unions but have trade union funds.
Local trade unions’ members, public employees, and labourers suffering from occupational accidents and diseases that have difficult circumstances will be still supported during Tet as usual.
The city’s all-level trade unions aim to mobilise and donate 35,000 train, coach and plane tickets to union members and employees.
In addition, the municipal Labour Confederation will also organise the 2nd "Spring train" programme to take typical trade union member’s relatives back home to celebrate Tet this year.
Tam said with the motto "All union members and employees have Tet", grassroots trade unions will coordinate with employers to develop a plan to pay salaries and other social benefits to employees on the occasion of the Lunar New Year festival.
Relevant units should soon publicly announce the time of salary payment, bonus and Tet holiday schedules of enterprises so that employees can arrange jobs and stablise production at the end of the year./. VNA