A wave of strikes hits southern Vietnam
Close to 3,000 workers across seven companies in southern Vietnam went on strike Tuesday demanding pay rises.
The largest strike was in Long An Province, where around 1,500 workers downed tools at SH Vina Company, a sewing company.
Another three strikes hit the Tan Thuan export processing zone in Ho Chi Minh City, where some 1,000 workers in total staged a walkout.
The three companies involved are all 100 percent foreign-owned: Wonderful Saigon Garment Co. Ltd. (Japan), Semo Vina Co. Ltd. (Korea), and CX Tech Company (Taiwan).
Another small strike took place at Viet Thang Jeans Co. in HCMC’s District 9 involving 100 workers.
Meanwhile, in Dong Nai Province, the Korea-owned Unipax Company and Vietnam Nippon Company also suffered from industrial action.
Since Tuesday, the management boards of SH Vina, Semo Vina, CX Tech and Unipax have agreed to meet their workers’ demands.
However, workers at Wonderful Saigon and Vietnam Nippon have yet to agree to the proposed solutions of their employers.
Tuoi Tre - January 11, 2007.