The event presenting free coach tickets and gifts to workers in HCM City on January 19 (Photo: VNA)

Ho Chi Minh City (VNA) – The Federation of Labour of Ho Chi Minh City on January 19 handed free coach tickets and gifts to over 4,000 poor workers in industrial and export-processing zones in the city on the occasion of the coming traditional lunar New Year.

Recipients include those workers who could not afford the fares to go back to their home towns for the Tet, the most important festival for Vietnamese who often treasure family reunion on the approach of Spring, which will come in early next month.

Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Huynh Cach Mang spoke highly of the efforts by the trade unions as well as attention by enterprises to workers. The official said the act affirms the deep humanity and high sense of social responsibility of investors, and expressed his hope that the work will be multiplied and diversified in the time to come.

According to Vice Chairman of the federation Kieu Ngoc Vu, the organization has mobilized assistance to the provision of 35,000 free coach tickets for poor workers in the city this year. Besides the tickets, trade unions in the city also plan to arrange coaches to bring over 13,200 workers back to their home towns for the occasion.

Launched for the first time in Ho Chi Minh City in 2009, the programme has so far provided nearly 270,000 free tickets to poor workers with a total of nearly 180 billion VND (over 7.7 million USD).-VNA