20,000 poor workers offered free home-coming buses in Tet hinh anh 1Needy workers get on board a free bus to return home for the Tet holiday. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Hanoi Labour Federation will organise free bus trips for about 20,000 disadvantaged workers to return home for the upcoming Tet holiday in 2016, for the fourth year in a row.

Most of them work at enterprises in local industrial and export processing zones, said Vice President of the Hanoi Labour Federation Dang Thi Phuong Hoa.

Employers, enterprises and state agencies were encouraged to provide free buses or tickets for needy workers and advised to arrange departure times suitable to the workers’ holiday calendar.

Some 15 free bus trips have been scheduled to date thanks to the support of the firms and trade unions, including 10 organised by the Hanoi Transportation Services Joint Stock Company (TRANSERCO).

Workers eligible for the programme are those who come from Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, and Ha Tinh provinces and have shown they’re hard-working and disciplined. Priority seating will be given to pregnant women and those with children.

Pick-up locations will be Thang Long Industrial Zone, Quang Minh Industrial Zone and the headquarters of the Hanoi Labour Federation at No.3 Chu Van An Street, Ha Dong district.

The departure date is scheduled for February 6, 2016 or December 28 on the Lunar Calendar.

Government officers and workers will enjoy a nine-day holiday for the 2016 Tet (Lunar New Year), which falls on February 8, while other workers are given at least five days off work under the Labour Code.

Last year, about 3,000 workers in Hanoi benefited from the free bus programme.-VNA