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Workers in dire need of housing
HCM CITY — Workers migrating from Viet Nam’s rural areas to work in economic zones around Ha Noi and HCM City are in urgent need of housing.
The Viet Nam Confederation of Labour (VFL) reports that over one million workers are employed at 154 industrial parks (IPs) and export processing zones (EPZs) around the country.
More than 70 per cent of the workers are migrants who have been forced to rent dormitories in slums near their factories.
Workers spend between VND60,000 and VND 150,000 from their meagre salaries of VND800,000-900,000 a month for house rent.
Housing built by State and businesses only provided accommodation for seven to 10 per cent of the country’s IP and EPZ workers.
"Several apartment buildings have been built in recent years, but the rents are still very high, forcing workers to seek cheap rooms for rent," Nguyen Xuan Nga, deputy head of VFL’s Social Welfare Department, said.
Nga said the construction of low-cost accommodation for workers had become an urgent task for both Ha Noi and HCM City.
Ha Noi businesses last year invested in dormitories for workers of Bac Thang Long’s IPs but they can house only 9,000 workers out of 66,000 migrant workers.
HCM City-based Truong Thinh Construction Company is building a low-cost dormitory designed to provide accommodation to 800 workers. Last year, the company’s apartment building provided housing to 500 employees of HCM City’s IPs and EPZs.
Nga said most businesses had not reserved land for dormitories when they built factories.
"When they considered building housing for workers, land prices had already risen and they could not afford compensation for land clearance, " he said.
Mai Duc Chinh, VFL deputy president, proposed that the State offer incentives to attract investors to build low-cost dormitories for workers.
"These incentives would include credit loans at low interest rates, between six and eight per cent a year."
"Investors can rent public land at low costs for housing projects for at least 20 years," Chinh said. "The land will be taken back in cases of bankruptcy of businesses." — VNS

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