Supporting workers and enterprises in difficulty during pandemic

Friday, 2021-07-23 17:16:17
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Representatives from Go Vap district, Ho Chi Minh City present gifts to workers facing difficulties due to the pandemic. (Photo: MAI CHI)
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NDO - Since the Government issued Resolution No. 68/NQ-CP dated July 1, 2021 on a number of policies in support of employees and employers facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, provinces and cities nationwide have quickly brought the Resolution to life, contributing to reducing the negative impacts of the pandemic and stabilising production and the lives of workers.

Simplifying processes and procedures

Local authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have been actively working to allocate financial support to tens of thousands of workers who have lost their jobs or have temporarily stopped working.

Tran Dang My Linh, an employee of Golden Star Food JSC in Binh Thanh district has just received financial support of VND1.8 million as she is among 200 employees who had to suspend their labour contracts due to the company’s closure.

Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Le Minh Tan said that the department is simultaneously implementing the welfare package launched by the city and the support package under the Government Resolution 68 worth VND12.6 trillion (US$546.8 million).

The city currently has 68,725 workers whose labour contracts have been temporarily suspended or are on unpaid leave and the city is accelerating the allocation of financial support for them, Tan noted.

In Bac Giang province, eight out of 10 districts have issued plans and set up councils to appraise the dossiers of individuals and organisations eligible for the support packages under Government Resolution 68 and 23.

The Hanoi municipal People's Committee also issued Decision No. 3642 on July 21 on the implementation of a number of policies in support of employees and employers facing difficulties due to the pandemic.

According to Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Quoc Khanh, the decision has concretised the relevant orders and procedures to ensure support for the right beneficiaries, thereby, shortening the settlement time and increasing the responsibility of consultants and appraisers.

Caring for vulneralble groups

Freelance workers are the most vulnerable and heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, many provinces and cities, especially those applying social distancing, have quickly provided support to these vulnerable people.

Representatives from the Binh Duong Provincial Labour Confederation present gifts to pandemic-hit workers. (Photo: HOANG TRUNG)

As of July 19, Ho Chi Minh City had provided support to 235,932 freelance labourers out of 237,454 people (equivalent to 99.3%), including lottery ticket sellers, garbage collectors, porters, waiters, and others with VND1.5 million per person.

There are about 20,000 freelance workers in Long An province. As of July 20, the province had given support to 14,567 lottery ticket sellers and other freelance workers with a total budget of nearly VND11 billion.

Districts and towns in the province continue to review and provide support for other freelance workers, hoping to complete the distribution of supports before July 25.

Da Nang also has nearly 100,000 people eligible for the support package with a budget of nearly VND100 billion.

Can Tho has also proposed financial support of VND50,000 per person per day to workers losing their jobs with the support period from June 16.

Some localities in Binh Phuoc province have also provided various forms of support to people during the social distancing period including providing people with essential goods, free delivery, financial support and others.