The VGCL informed the press about activities in support of trade union members and laborers during the Tet festival, the biggest in a year, with priorities given to those in difficult circumstances, social policy beneficiaries and ethnic minorities, among others.

About 92% of laborers return to work after Tet.

Localities and agencies reported that more than 10.5 million individuals benefited from such activities with total funding of over VND 7.02 trillion (USD 284.55 million), up 15% year-on-year. 

According to Vu Thi Giang Huong, head of the VGCL's Communications and Education Department, a number of provincial and municipal trade unions received financial support from local authorities with the amount exceeding VND 100 billion.

More than 18,000 Tet programs were held on this occasion, attracting the participation of nearly 4 million trade union members and laborers, of them over 2.1 million presented with gifts worth nearly VND 1.3 trillion.

Notably, over VND 106 billion was earmarked to help 243,735 trade union members and laborers get train, coach and flight tickets to return home for Tet reunions.

All-level trade unions, agencies and enterprises jointly launched up to 5,049 free buses taking more than 170,150 laborers back to their homes, with funding of nearly VND 49 billion.

Some 1,300 needy laborers who are working in Southern localities received free two-way train and air tickets valued at over VND 7 billion to return to their hometowns in the Northern region.

Source: VNA