HCM City aims to end strikes

VietNamNet Bridge, Jul 13, 2011. Admitting that strikes are taking place seriously, the Party Secretary of HCM City said that the city aims to reducing and then putting an end to this situation from now to the year’s end.

Speaking at the HCM City Party Committee’s meeting on July 12, Party Secretary Le Thanh Hai said that strikes are very serious in the city (HCM City has 1.5 million workers, each 12 workers, 1 involves in strikes). The city needs to harmoniously deal with two issues: taking care of the life of workers and assisting businesses to deal with difficulties.

“We have to take action immediately to reduce to the lowest level and then put an end to this situation,” Mr. Hai said.

He also noted that the city would continue the price stabilization program, focusing on the poor, workers and those in the remote areas.

According to the HCM City People’s Committee’s report, Vietnam’s largest city continues to maintain high growth rate in the first half of the year despite the global economic challenges. The city’s GDP in this period is estimated at VND199.99 trillion (over $9.75 billion), up 9.9 percent, 1.77 times higher than the country’s average. Its budget revenue reached VND301.3 trillion ($14.7 billion), accounting for 32.81 percent of the country’s total and foreign direct investment reached $4.399 billion, accounting for 32.3 percent of the country’s total.

The city has kicked off five projects under the city’s housing development programme.

These include a project to build 784 houses for low-income families and accommodations for workers on 6,700sq.m in Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park.

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