Workers in Binh Duong province line up to get on a coach to return home (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Free coaches sponsored by trade union organisations and local authorities are bringing thousands of migrant workers back to their hometowns as the Lunar New Year festival (Tet) is only a few days away.

On February 11, hundreds of coaches departed from Thang Long, Quang Minh, Noi Bai, Thach That, and Phu Thi industrial parks in Hanoi, carrying workers to their hometowns.

2018 is the 10th consecutive year the Hanoi Confederation of Labour arranged coaches for disadvantaged workers ahead of Tet.

Aside from the free coaches, trade unions at all levels in Hanoi also assisted labourers with more than 32,000 bus tickets, presented 56,500 gift packages, and organised Tet celebrations.

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In Binh Duong – an industrial hub of the southern region, coaches arranged by the provincial Confederation of Labour carried about 4,000 workers to reunite with their families on February 11.

Tet gifts and some 3,800 free bus tickets were also presented to workers.

The Binh Duong labour confederation said this is the eighth year the programme has been held, adding that the province’s authorities at all levels have presented 9,100 gift packages worth over 4.5 billion VND (198,400 USD) to workers.

More than 1 million labourers are working in Binh Duong, and about 85 percent of them come from other provinces and cities, according to Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dang Minh Hung.-VNA