Sun. Jun 16th, 2024

VietNamNet Bridge – After spending a long Tet holiday at ease, people have
returned to the normal life with the permanent worry about the unemployment and
low pay.

Vietnam, workers, redundant, unemployment rate, salaryThe luggage that Dong Thi Hanh from Bac Giang province brings with herself when
returning to the rent room in Kim Chung commune was very heav

Living in fears of becoming unemployed

On February 17 afternoon, the coaches of the companies in the Thang Long
industrial zone in Hanoi have brought their workers back to work from Nam Dinh,
Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces. The Kim Chung commune in Dong Anh district in
Hanoi, where most of the immigrant workers live in rent rooms, has become noisy
again as the workers have returned.

The luggage that Dong Thi Hanh from Bac Giang province brings with herself when
returning to the rent room in Kim Chung commune was very heavy; besides a bag
full of clothes, there was also a big bag with sweet potatoes inside.

Hanh said she decided to leave for Hanoi one day earlier than initially planned,
so as to prepare well for the first working day of the new year. The neighbors
of Hanh also arrived in Hanoi on the same day and they also brought big bags of
food – rice, eggs, vegetables, everything they could bring. As everything is
expensive in big cities, they have to practice thrift by carrying food from the
home village.

Bui Thi Anh Tuyet arrived in Hanoi on Saturday, one day before the first working
day of the new year, with a big basket of eggs. Tuyet has been working for a
company in the Thang Long industrial zone for six years, earning VND2.5 million
a month. Tuyet’s son is small, just seven months old, while her husband got an
accident four months ago which broke his leg.

Therefore, the monthly income of VND2.5 million proves to be the only source of
income for her family at this moment. However, Tuyet fears that she cannot go to
work because she has not found a babysitter to take care for her child. Tuyet
has asked her younger sister to stay with her to take care for the child, but
this is just a temporary solution.

Tuyet said she is now considering giving up the job at the company and return to
the home village to work on the rice fields. However, she would stay in Hanoi,
if the company agrees to offer a higher pay level which is high enough for her
to pay for room rent and babysitter.

Tuyet can earn VND2.5 million a month only, but she is still luckier than many
others, who have been staying redundant.

Nguyen Thi Hien from Phu Tho province, who is now the worker of an electronics
company in Thang Long industrial zone, said a lot of workers of the company now
work 20 days a month, because there are not enough jobs for all of them.

Hien said that she only spends money to cover the basic needs, while having cut
down spending on parties, travel and cinema, which allows her to remit
VND800,000 a month to her parents in the home village.

Rooms for rent unoccupied

The signboards with the words “rooms for rent” have been hung along the road
from Bau Tay to Bau Dong hamlets of Kim Chung commune. TTM, the owner of 19
rooms for rent in Bau Dong, complained that her five rooms have been left

Showing the empty rooms, TTM said the rooms have been given back by the workers
who have become unemployed.

“I have to slash the room rent from VND600,000 to VND550,000. However, the
workers still said they cannot afford the rents and they may have to go back to
the home village instead of staying in the big city,” she complained.

Tien Phong

By vivian