HÀ NỘI – Hà Nội’s top politician has promised to solve all issues in the daily lives of all workers in the city soon, including shortages of housing, cultural activities, kindergartens and medical centres at industrial zones.
Speaking at a dialogue between the city and nearly 1,000 workers representing more than 150,000 workers from industrial zones (IZ) and processing zones in the city at Nội Bài Industrial Zone yesterday, Chairman of the city’s People’s Committee Nguyễn Đức Chung said he would direct sectors and agencies to work on the issues right after the meeting.
At the dialogue, Chung talked to workers and listened to their questions and comments on lifestyle, insurance, healthcare and education.
He affirmed that the city serves the people and businesses to the utmost in line with the Government’s instructions.
He added that the Việt Nam General Confederation of Labour has agreed to spend VNĐ700-800 billion (US$31.1-35.5 million) to build housing for workers in Hà Nội.
“The city also has a budget to build housing complexes with cultural institutions and services to create better living conditions for workers,” he said.
The workers expressed their concerns about traffic safety near their workplaces, especially the Quang Minh IZ in Mê Linh District and Bắc Thăng Long IZ in Đông Anh District.
They urged the city to build low-cost housing like in the southern province of Bình Dương, set up medical centres in IZs for workers and help workers renting houses install electricity metres and pay State-mandated electricity prices instead of prices set by landlords.
Many workers asked the city leader to instruct local authorities to help workers from other cities and provinces to send their children to local public schools via flexible rules on school hours and documents of origin.
Phan Thanh Hải, Chairman of Meiko Electronics Việt Nam’s Trade Union in Thạch Thất said that Thạch Thất and Quốc Oai districts had built housing complexes but few workers lived in them.
He said that workers couldn’t afford the houses due to high prices and bank interest rates.
“Workers expect the city to soon plan to build low-income housing, sell installments at industrial parks, help workers reduce their rent, travel expenses and working hours,” he said.
Some workers said that each IZ should have a cultural house and amusement park for workers and their children to enjoy.
At the same time, to ensure the health of workers and their families, food quality in the markets around the industrial zone should be ensured by the city, they said. – VNS