HCMC Labor Dept proposes supporting 230,000 workers affected by Covid-19
A street vendor in HCMC. The HCMC Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has proposed the municipal government offer financial support to 230,000 freelance workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, including street vendors - PHOTO: TNO
HCMC - The HCMC Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has proposed the municipal government offer financial support worth VND230 billion to 230,000 freelance workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
These freelance and uncontracted workers who have lost their jobs that are unstable and are low-income jobs are facing multiple financial difficulties due to the impact of the pandemic, according to the municipal department.
Residents and non-residents who are unemployed or have a lower income than the city’s near-poor level during the social distancing period might be entitled to the financial support, the local media reported.
Besides, the support should be given to laborers belonging to six groups--street vendors, garbage or scrap collectors, workers active in loading and unloading activities, lottery ticket sellers, waiters and guards in restaurants or employees at lodging facilities, and workers at entertainment sites, museums, parks and wedding and convention centers that have been suspended in line with the city’s directive on May 30.
The municipal department proposed offering VND1 million to each affected worker and spending parts of the city’s budget, the Covid-19 prevention fund and other sources on the support.
As of this afternoon, June 21, HCMC reported 1,714 locally-infected Covid-19 cases in the latest wave of the coronavirus, which began on April 27. The city is seeing over 36,560 people put under quarantine at concentrated quarantine facilities and home.
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