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120,000 more people in HCMC to lose jobs due to Covid-19

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HCMC – Some 120,000 additional people from roughly 4,000 enterprises in HCMC hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic including tourism, hospitality, transport, construction, clothing and footwear are likely to be laid off until September, according to Le Minh Tan, director of the HCMC Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs.

Some 54,000 workers from nearly 2,000 enterprises in the city lost their jobs in June and July, while the figure was 327,000 from March to May.

Pham Van Tai, vice chairman of the Labor Union of Go Vap District, said Hue Phong Company in the district has planned to suspend some 1,600 employees from work on August 30.

“The district’s Labor Union has worked with the Go Vap Social Insurance to buy household health insurance for 198 of their female workers who are pregnant and will give birth between September and November,” Tai stated.

According to Tan, two teams led by two deputy directors of the HCMC Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Department are keeping a close eye on the condition of enterprises in the city.

“The department has encouraged enterprises to reduce the shifts and working hours of their workers. It has also helped the enterprises access the Government’s VND62-trillion relief package so they can pay the salaries of their employees during this difficult time,” he said.

Besides supporting enterprises, the department is also assisting workers who have lost their jobs to access this package.

The HCMC Social Insurance said that as of August 10, it allowed 318 enterprises with more than 32,000 employees to delay social insurance payments.

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