|Representatives from the project’s organisers and migrant worker groups at the project review conference in Hà Nội yesterday. — Photo courtesy of the Institute for Community Health Development LIGHT|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Seventeen self-help groups of migrant workers were formed as the result of a project aimed at supporting rural-urban migrant workers in Hà Nội.
According to Nguyễn Thu Giang, vice president of the Institute for Community Health Development LIGHT, migrant workers do not often get exposed to social welfare services despite the fact that they accounted for nearly 10 per cent of the capital city’s total population.
Most of them are unofficial labourers who do seasonal jobs and are not under the management of any organisations, which makes them unqualified to receive benefits and enjoy labour policies, she said.
The self-help groups were formed with an aim to raise awareness of migrant workers on their rights to receive social welfare services and voice their opinions on economic and political issues.
They consist of migrant hawkers and scrap metal collectors currently residing in the two wards of Chương Dương and Phúc Tân in Hoàn Kiếm District.
Informative meetings were organised periodically to help the workers get in touch with social aid, such as healthcare services, social insurance registration, employment consultancy and legal and psychological aids.
The project was implemented from July 2014 to December 2016 by an action network for migrant workers. — VNS