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HCM City rolls out red carpet for workers

Update: October, 24/2021 - 17:11


Job seekers receive employment consultancy at the Youth Employment Services Centre in HCM City. — Photo

HCM CITY — Workers from other cities and provinces coming to HCM City, which faces a labour shortage, to find jobs will get all kinds of support, city authorities have promised.

Many businesses in the city are in dire need of labour to resume operations after the city eased COVID-19 curbs earlier this month, with the shortage running into thousands, Nguyễn Văn Lâm, deputy director of the city Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said. 

Workers would get vaccinated against COVID as soon as they arrive in the city, he told a programme called “Dân hỏi – Thành phố trả lời” (Residents ask – Authorities answer) last Friday (October 22).

The Department of Health is setting up temporary vaccination sites at city gateways and near factories to vaccinate returning workers, he said.

They would be fully vaccinated before going to work in companies or factories, he said.

They would also get vocational training to enhance their skills under a tie-up between the department and vocational schools, he said.

His department has co-ordinated with the Department of Transport to transport people who have registered with their local labour departments to HCM City to work, he added.

Nguyễn Quang Cường, director of the Youth Employment Services Centre, said travel restrictions and failure to get vaccinated are major barriers against returning for of a majority of workers. 

Businesses are taking measures to get employees, who left the city because of COVID, back, including arranging vehicles for them, he said.

His agency is carrying out an employment support programme that offers free consulting and COVID-19 rapid tests for workers and connects them with free places of accommodation and low-rent boarding houses, he said.

It is also liaising with hundreds of businesses who need thousands of workers, he said.

People can get employment information at the HCM City Employment Services Centre and the Youth Employment Services Centre.

More than 600,000 workers returned to their hometown when the city imposed COVID-related lockdowns and restrictions, including 300,000 factory workers, according to a report by the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs. — VNS













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