Hi-tech park businesses want workers to stay at home, say on-site accommodation unaffordable

Friday, Aug 13, 2021 13:53

COVID-19 testing being carried out at the Sai Gon Hi-tech Park in District 9. The park business association wants to trial daily commute by key staff between home and work instead of accommodating them on-site, which is financially stressing businesses. — Photo nld.com.vn

The Sai Gon Hi-tech Park Business Association has sought city authorities’ permission for its workers to travel to work from home since organising accommodation on-site for them is difficult.

Since July 15 businesses at the park in District 9 have been providing accommodation to workers as mandated by the city, either in their premises or other lodging places nearby.

Besides the enormous cost, they are also facing problems such as vehicles transporting staff or meals getting stuck at checkpoints, delaying work and stressing workers.

Many skilled personnel needed by their employers are also stuck at home, and their availability again would help restore production.

According to the association, long term solutions are needed to reconcile the strict distancing requirements under Directive 16 with the financial and psychological burden on businesses and staff.

In the event, it has suggested a pilot initiative allowing key, experienced workers at two businesses who have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose to commute to work from home between July 16 and 30.

They have to sign commitments to only travel to their home and workplace, and strictly follow pandemic regulations. Their movements will be monitored by an application or other methods.

Their workplace will be separated from the other workers’.

Their family members too will not be allowed to leave home during the duration of the trial, and will be tested at home for COVID.

The two businesses will transport them and frequently test them.

The pilot will continue even if some test positive as long as their number is less than 10 per cent of the total.

The plan has been submitted to the park management board and HCM City Business Association. Ho Thi Thu Uyen, head of SBA, hoped it would help the Government and businesses overcome the pandemic.

HCM City is the COVID epicentre of the country with almost 140,000 cases by Friday morning. — VNS

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