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A photo shows Bluecom Vina Company in Hai Phong where nearly 1,000 workers are going on strike for better working conditions. Photo credit: Giang Chinh/VnExpress
A photo shows Bluecom Vina Company in Hai Phong where nearly 1,000 workers are going on strike for better working conditions. Photo credit: Giang Chinh/VnExpress

1,000 workers strike over long hours at South Korean factory in Vietnam

Nearly 1,000 workers at an electronics company in the northern city of Hai Phong started a strike Monday after their South Korean employer reportedly ignored their requests for cutting working hours and increasing wages.

The workers at Bluecom Vina, a South Korea-invested company, said they also want the company’s management to recognize their right to form a union as promised, local media reported.

According to the workers, the company which produces TV speakers and earphones does not have official working hours.

Workers have to start working from 8 a.m. until the managers decide that they can leave, which is usually 9 p.m. or 10 p.m., even on Saturday.

But the workers are only paid VND3,745,000 (US$165) a month. The extra hours are not fairly compensated, with the company only offering to pay VND100,000 ($4.50) for all the extra hours accumulated in the month.

They say the strike will continue until they have a union and their demands are met, including having at least two Saturdays off each month.

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