Around 29,000 workers in the southern province of Binh Duong will profit from free bus tickets to return home for the coming Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, the longest and most important festival in the year.

The Binh Duong Federation of Labour will offer 1,000 free tickets, worth 1 billion VND (47,600 USD), for disadvantaged workers to board buses to return home.

Vice President of the federation Bui Thanh Nhan said that businesses and grassroots trade unions in the province have also had plans to provide free buses or tickets to their workers.

Administration and HR Manager of the Protrade Garment Company, Nguyen Hong Anh, said the company will spend 1.4 billion VND (66,700 USD) on renting 20 buses with 50 seats each to take its workers home.

Additionally, trade unions will give some 300 free bus tickets worth 300 million VND (14,300 USD) to its members.

There are now 28 industrial zones in Binh Duong with hundreds of thousands of workers coming from various provinces from the northern to the southern regions of Vietnam.-VNA