|A row of boarding houses in Yen Trung Commune rented by migrant workers in Bac Ninh Province. More than 72,000 workers in the province's industrial zones need accomondation. — Photo baobacninh.com.vn
BAC NINH (VNS) — More than 50 per cent of workers in the northern province of Bac Ninh aren't from Bac Ninh; they migrated from other places to fill the labour demand, said a provincial labour report.
Statistics from the Trade Union of the Bac Ninh Province Industrial Zone show that there are 144,700 workers in the province's nine industrial zones and an estimated 72,370 of them need accommodation.
The province's ongoing development of a large work force has a yearly target of attracting an additional 20,000-30,000 workers from outside. It is expected that every year 10,000-15,000 more people will be on the search for accommodation.
Le Thi Hoa, 29, from the northern province of Nam Dinh, has worked at the Foster Company in Tu Son District for four years. At present, she lives with her family in a boarding house in the district's Phu Chan Commune.
Hoa said that, together, her and her husband's income is VND8 million (US$380) a month. Every month they manage to save VND3 million ($140), but it is still too difficult to buy a house.
Hoa is among the workers in Bac Ninh who dream of having a stable accommodation.
Nguyen The Quyet, chairman of the Bac Ninh Trade Union, told the Lao dong (Labour) newspaper that some companies - Hong Hai Science-Technology Group, Mitac Precision Technology and Bujeon Vietnam Co Ltd. - built homes for their workers to rent.
The amount of housing, however, is not enough to meet the workers' demand, Quyet said.
Some other companies gave financial support to their workers to rent houses, but the houses' quality was so low as to affect the quality of their work, said Quyet.
Nguyen Thi Minh Ngoc, head of the Policy and Law Committee under the provincial Labour Federation, said that last year Bac Ninh had six housing projects for workers in industrial zones. The projects can ideally accommodate about 29,000, meeting 40 per cent of the present demand.
The picture, however, is not as promising since only enough units for 17,460 people were completed and ready for use. The remaining are under construction.
Deputy chairman of the Bac Ninh People's Committee Nguyen Tien Nhuong said that the province paid a lot of attention to building houses for workers, but the demand increases every year.
The province proposed that the Government issue more policies to encourage enterprises to invest in building houses for workers.
At least policies that ask banks to give preferential interest rate to workers should be set up, he said. — VNS