Directive No. 16/CT-TTg 2021 ensuring employment and improving working conditions for workers
To provide guidance on mid-shift meals for workers in industrial parks
This direction is stipulated by the Prime Minister in the Directive No. 16/CT-TTg dated June 14, 2021 on ensuring sustainable employment and improving living standards and working conditions for workers.
Accordingly, the Prime Minister requests the Ministry of Health to focus on stepping up the implementation of the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 659/QD-TTg of May 20, 2020, promulgating the program on improvement of health care for workers and occupational disease prevention in the 2020 - 2030 period; provide guidance on mid-shift meals for workers in industrial parks and export processing zones; to formulate regulations on minimum calories intake per meal and meal allowance for particular categories of workers; etc.
The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs shall grasp actual labor and employment crises due to the Covid-19 pandemic for synchronous supplementation, modification and improvement of mechanisms and policies on labor, employment, wages, social insurance, occupational safety and health; to provide advices on reduction of normal working hours as suitable to the practical socio-economic development; expeditiously finalize and submit to competent authorities for enactment support policies for workers and enterprises to surmount impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, etc.
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translation of the Official Gazette of the Vietnam News Agency
THE PRIME MINISTER
THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
Hanoi, June 14, 2021
On ensuring sustainable employment and improving living standards and working conditions for workers
Over the past years, the Party and State have directed creation of positive changes in sustainable employment and improvement of working conditions and living standards for workers. Compared to five years ago, the number of employed workers has increased by 26 percent, with those being stably employed and earning higher income increasing year after year; living standards of workers have been improved; greater attention has been paid to working conditions and occupational health; basic international labor standards have been widely applied at enterprises. However, not a few workers remain employed with unstable and improper jobs, working conditions at many enterprises and living standards of their employers have not been improved, even remaining poor at some enterprises. Specifically, the Covid-19 pandemic has seriously affected enterprises’ production and business activities and therefore adversely impacted living standards and stable employment of workers, especially those engaged in simple jobs.
In order to further effectively implement the Party’s and State’s guidelines, plans, policies, tasks and solutions to ensure stable employment and improve working conditions and living standards for workers in the new situation, the Prime Minister requests:
1. Ministers, heads of ministerial-level agencies, heads of government-attached agencies, and chairpersons of provincial-level People’s Committees:
a/ To focus on directing the review and intensification of the performance of tasks on ensuring stable employment and improving living standards and working conditions for workers as directed by the Government and Prime Minister; and expeditiously formulate specific programs and plans, and mobilize all resources, for implementation thereof; to regularly assess actual implementation and implementation results, and proactively address arising problems within the ambit of their competence; to report to and assist the Government and Prime Minister in considering and addressing issues falling beyond their competence; to propose new, effective and feasible mechanisms, policies and solutions to ensure stable employment and improve living standards and working conditions for workers.