More than 90 percent of workers have returned to work after the Tet holiday on Lunar New Year in Vietnam’s two largest economic centers, Hanoi and HCM City.

According to the Hanoi Federation of Labor, about 90.24 percent of factories in Hanoi had resumed operations and 96.13 percent of workers had returned to work on the first day of work after the holiday on Feb. 7.

The federation set up groups to inspect working conditions and discipline in the capital after Tet.

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Van Thi Thuy, an employee at Thang Long Industrial Zone, said she was back at work on the morning of Feb. 7.

“I traveled to work on the company’s shuttle bus,” Thuy said. “Due to the preventive rules of Covid-19, the company did not organize welcome ceremonies or parties as in previous years and we got started right away.”

Thuy said he was happy with the current monthly salary of VND 10 million (435 dollars).

“I hope the Covid-19 pandemic will not affect our work this year,” she said.

In HCM City, many companies also saw more than 90 percent of employees return after the Tet holiday.

Workers’ Union chairman at Vietnam Samho Company, Nguyen Thanh An, said they have more than 7,000 employees and more than 92 percent of them were back at work the first day they resumed operation after Tet.

More than 27,000 workers came to work at PouYuen Vietnam Company in Binh Tan district on February 7. The chairman of the company’s union, Cu Phat Nghiep, said half of the remaining workers would return to work on Feb. 9.

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Every year after the Tet holiday, many companies face severe labor shortages. Last year, companies faced labor shortages as a result of social distancing measures. Therefore, the need to prepare the workforce for the post-Tet period was even more urgent.

In preparation after the week-long vacation, representatives of some companies in HCM City said they had focused on recruiting and recruiting employees a month in advance.

Nguyen Thi Thuy Van, chairman of the Union of Long Rich Co., said the company had lost about 500 employees during the pandemic, so it was necessary to keep the current employees in order to return to work after Tet.

“Each year there is a small number of employees who go home for Tet vacation and go out of work, and the company can still manage to recruit new employees. But this year the situation is very unpredictable,” said Van. “Many workers who have returned to their hometowns due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak have not yet returned.”

Nguyen Van Lam, vice president of the HCM City Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the city was expected to need about 45,000 skilled workers after the holidays, mainly in trade, leather and footwear, and engineering.

By Vietnam News Agency

Source: Vietnam Insider


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