Companies Strive to Maintain Production During Lockdown in HCM City | Business

Workers at the Alta group are living temporarily in tents to ensure security while maintaining production (Photo:

City HCM (VNS / VNA) – When Ho Chi Minh City entered confinement under the Government Directive 16 on July 9, many companies and manufacturers made plans to implement temporary housing for their workers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and to maintain production.

Hoang Minh Anh Tu, general manager of the Alta group, told the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the company had rearranged the factory premises to install around 100 tents.

In addition to preparing meals, the company also has separate living quarters for male and female employees. Male workers sleep in tents, while female workers stay in the office building and sleep in bunk beds.

COVID-19 tests are offered regularly to delivery people and periodically to workers staying in the company.

The company also set up a temporary isolation area for F0 cases (infected cases) and F1 (direct contacts of F0) before they were taken to concentrated isolation areas by a medical working group. .

Many companies in Saigon Hi-Tech Park have made plans to keep production going by renting hotel rooms for employees to stay.

Nidec, for example, encourages its workers, including those in Dong Nai and Binh Duong provinces where COVID-19[female[feminine there have been reports of staying in a hotel near the company to avoid production disruptions, according to Luu Kim Hong, union leader of Nidec Vietnam Co. Ltd.

Saigon Hi-Tech Park Management Board Deputy Director Le Thi Bich Loan said FDI companies such as Intel, Schneider and others have also rented hotel rooms near the park. to provide temporary accommodation for workers.

However, factories in the Hi-Tech Park should send detailed plans to the board first for review and appreciation before renting rooms, he said.

According to the HCM City Export Processing and Industrial Zone Authority (HEPZA), nearly 100 companies have registered plans to maintain production.

HEPZA said temporary housing is the best choice for small businesses with only a few hundred workers, but large businesses with up to tens of thousands of people should look for better options.

Many companies have had difficulty providing temporary housing for workers due to the personal hygiene needs of female workers, said a representative from an FDI company in Saigon Hi-Tech Park.

In addition, some of the company’s premises are not large enough to provide temporary accommodation and ensure a safe distance between employees.

La Juki Vietnam Co., Ltd. in Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone in District 7 is an example. Company manager Dao Quoc Cuong said, “Based on the company’s current facilities, only 35% of workers can stay in the company. The living costs of workers can be solved, but a reduction in production from 50 to 100 losses and lose customers. “

Saigon Hi-Tech Park Enterprise Association chief Ho Uyen said in order to minimize cross-contamination in factories, companies should send some workers back to their hometowns and increase the frequency of testing.

Another challenge for small businesses is regulations requiring testing every three days.

Tran Viet Anh, general manager of Nam Thai Son Import-Export Joint Stock Company, said workers should be tested once a week instead of every three days because it takes time to get COVID test results. 19, which increases the risk of infection.

HCM City has 1.6 million workers in industrial parks and export processing zones. /.

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