|Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính on Sunday presented Tết gifts to workers in Phú Yên Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Giang|
PHÚ YÊN — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính on Sunday attended a programme to celebrate the Lunar New Year (Tết) in Phú Yên, organised by the Việt Nam General Confederation of Labour and provincial authorities.
Speaking at the event, representatives of the province said that in 2022, Phú Yên had successfully cared for labourers in the province.
Nearly 1,500 trade union members and workers have received support on Tết holidays with VNĐ1.7 billion (US$76,000). More than 1,000 trade union members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and fatal diseases were also provided financial support.
Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính said that building a strong working class was an important task of the Party, State and the whole political system.
Over the past years, the Party and State have paid special attention to the working class and labourers, issuing and implementing many appropriate guidelines and policies, which have gained important results.
After more than 35 years since the đổi mới (renewal) process started, the Vietnamese working class has increased in quantity and matured in quality. They have become more dynamic, creative, and proactive in production and business and continue to affirm and promote their role in socio-economic development.
The Prime Minister said that the country is forming a class of well-trained young workers with high education qualifications according to international standards. The Vietnamese working class represents advanced production methods and creative and scientific labour.
The Prime Minister said that when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, most workers sympathised and shared with businesses' difficulties, actively working with the whole country to prevent and control the pandemic.
When the country called on people to start living and working with the “new normal”, workers immediately got to work and started working enthusiastically.
On behalf of the leaders of the Party and State, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính warmly praised, acknowledged and congratulated the achievements of the Trade Union, workers nationwide in general, and workers in Phú Yên Province in particular for what they have achieved in recent years, making an important contribution to the overall achievements of the country.
The Prime Minister praised the Việt Nam General Confederation of Labour for the initiative and successful organisation of the New Year reunion programmes for many years, contributing to a warmer spring for workers, especially workers in industrial zones and with difficult circumstances.
Trade unions at all levels and branches have also actively organised many meaningful activities such as 'Tết Trade Union Market', 'Tickets of gratitude', and the 'Spring love bus' to help workers return to their hometown to celebrate Tết.
At the same time, thoughtful Tết celebrations have been organised to take care of employees who have difficulties, lose their jobs, get sick, have accidents, or suffer the consequences of natural disasters.
According to the Prime Minister, most businesses have done well in adjusting the regional minimum wages and have plans to pay salaries and Tết bonuses for employees. Many businesses pay for buses for workers to return to their hometowns and prepare gifts to thank the workers' parents.
"This is a very practical and meaningful act, showing respect, gratitude and recognition of employees' contributions so that employees can be more attached to the business and consider the business their second home," Chính said.
However, he pointed out that there are many policies for workers that are not suitable or those that are tardily implemented. A part of the trade union cadres lack insight, do not grasp the thoughts and aspirations of workers, and have not been successful in providing support and protection for the legitimate interests of employees.
Working, accommodation and living conditions of workers in some places are not guaranteed. Many workers have to work in unhealthy environments and do not have proper housing. The lack of schools and kindergartens in industrial parks is a pressing problem.
PM Chính expressed his understanding, sympathy and deep sharing of employers' and workers' difficulties and hardships. He said that the Party and State have issued and implemented many mechanisms and policies to support and create conditions to improve workers' material and spiritual life.
The Government will drastically direct ministries, branches and localities to pay attention and spend appropriate resources to solve basic problems to improve the lives of workers and employees.
Accordingly, the focus will be drastically building one million social apartments for workers.
“The goal is for workers to truly enjoy the fruits of the country's development; so that every Tết holiday will be the moment of happy reunions for workers with their beloved families," Chính said. — VNS