HCM CITY (VNS) — The HCM City Federation of Labour yesterday presented 4,388 free coach tickets and thousands of gift packages, worth VND4.9 billion (US$218,640), to disadvantaged workers.
|Workers in HCM City are getting on a free coach to go home for Tet. — VNA/VNS Photo
The gifts were given to workers during an annual charity programme, entitled "Tam ve nghia tinh" (Tickets with love), which was organised by the federation in industrial parks and export processing zones across the city to help these workers return home for the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.
Chairman of the federation Nguyen Van Khai said 445 businesses have sponsored tickets worth more VND13 billion ($578,000) for more than 30,300 workers.
Many of these workers cannot afford to buy the tickets and have spent Tet holidays away from their families for three to four years in a row.
Le Van Thach, a worker from Dae Jun Company in Linh Trung Export Processing Zone, said the programme would give him a chance to celebrate a meaningful Tet with his family.
The gift not only recognised the workers' efforts, but also expressed the sentiments between businesses and workers, he said.
The programme has given about 135,700 tickets, worth VND75 billion ($3.35 million), over eight years to underprivileged workers who could not afford to go home for Tet for three consecutive years.
This year, many firms will organise free bus trips to help their workers return home before the holiday, while trade unions across the city will present gifts and traditional food items to workers in need.—VNS