Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee along with leaders from the HCMC People’s Committee visited and extended Tet greetings to workers who will not be able to return to their hometowns during this Tet Lunar New Year.
The city leaders’ comforted the workers and helped relieve some of their homesickness.
The HCMC Management Board of Industrial and Export Processing Zones on January 20 held a party to welcome Tet Lunar New Year for workers in Binh Tan District, bringing cheer to those who cannot go back home for Tet.
600 out of 100,000 workers from industrial and export processing zones in the city, unable to return to their hometowns, also attended a Tet party held in the Le Minh Xuan Industrial Zone.
Bui Van Ha from Ha Tinh Province, a worker in Tan Thuan Industrial Zone said that his income and his wife’s income is only VND6 million per month. Therefore, he and his wife have decided to welcome Tet in the city and send whatever money they can spare to his family in Ha Tinh Province. However, he and his wife feel homesick and want to cry each time they see people prepare for the Tet festivities.
The city offered him a Tet gift and gave him VND500,000 lucky money to bring cheer to him and his wife.
Reporting on the status of the tasks set for 2011, Comrade Hai stressed that Vietnam has overcome challenges posed by the world economic crisis and the recent natural calamities, to gain 11.7 per cent growth, the highest in recent years.
Mr. Le Thanh Hai expressed his appreciation of the contributions made by workers from industrial and export processing zones and for applying the party’s socio-economic policies.
He stressed that HCMC must play an important role in helping the country reach its socio-economic targets for 2012 by implementing the resolutions passed at the fourth plenum of the Party Central Committee.
Mr. Hai wished all the workers to have a warm and joyous Tet holiday, even though they were far from home.
On the same day, Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, chairwoman of the city People’s Council visited and offered gifts to workers in Thu Duc District, to those unable to return to their hometown.
Huynh Thanh Lap, head of the city National Assembly delegation visited and offered gifts to workers at their homes in Go Vap District.
Nguyen Thai Hung’s family in Go Vap District has welcomed 20 workers to their house to share the Tet festival with his family.
Hung also visited and offered gifts to 270 workers of Hue Phong Footwear Company in Go Vap District.
Earlier, local authorities asked the HCMC Labour Union, relevant departments, organizations to create conditions whereby workers can return to their hometown for Tet Lunar New Year.
The city government is also encouraging parks and tourist areas such as Suoi Tien and Dam Sen to offer a discount of VND15, 000-VND20, 000 per entry ticket for workers who will stay back in the city during the nine days of the Tet holidays.
The People’s Committee has asked cultural centres in 24 districts throughout the city to organize various music, art concerts and entertainment activities during Tet.
Many delegations including one of city leaders visited workers at their guest houses. The city government also encouraged families of Party members to welcome 4-5 workers in their homes to share Tet with them.
Binh Tan District’s Labour Union has offered 559 Tet gifts worth VND200,000-VND500,000 each to workers who cannot celebrate Tet with their families.
By Staff writers – Translated by T.Huong