More than 2,000 workers at a Korean electronics plant in the Red River Delta in Vietnam went on strike on Monday after a successful workers’ action at another plant in a foreign-owned country, local media reported.
Employees of Cresyn Hanoi Co., Ltd. in Baknin province demand higher wages, food and bonuses for work on Vietnam Reunification Day on April 30 and Labor Day on May 1, the Vietnamese daily reports. Qian Fong.
The factory employs a total of 3,500 workers, according to VietnamCredit, a business information provider in Vietnam. The company’s website says the plant produces seven million Bluetooth headsets and cables for data transfer per month.
Workers also want the company to pay employees depending on the number of years they have worked. The laid off workers would receive 70 percent of the base salary as required by the workers.
They also asked management to create a test calendar for COVID-19, provide more work uniforms and expand the company’s parking lot.
Representatives of the province’s Department of Labor, Disability and Social Affairs, Department of Public Safety asked the company to make sure it complies with Vietnamese labor laws on annual increases, overtime pay and seniority.
Cresyn Hanoi immediately touched on some issues when considering a more expensive pay raise. The company agreed to check workers weekly for the COVID-19 virus, increase food sizes, replace work uniforms each year and expand parking.
Kressin Hanoi said he would respond by February 25 to workers’ demands to increase basic wages, allowances and bonuses.
The strike followed a successful strike by workers of Viet Glory Co., Ltd., a Taiwanese shoe manufacturer in Ngean province in central Vietnam. The company has given in to demands from its 5,000 workforce to raise wages and provide additional pay to long-term workers, as well as other benefits, state media reported.
A Viet Glory worker told RFA on Monday that he was resuming work after the strike and that he and his colleagues were pleased that their demands had been met.
“Probably next month we will get a new salary with a base salary increase of 6 percent,” said the employee, who declined to give his name to speak freely. “In general, we are delighted with the salary increase, and everyone is happy because we have not received a salary increase for several years.”
The RFA reported on February 8 that more than 5,000 Viet Glory workers went on strike at noon the day before to demand higher wages and protest against the harsh working environment.
In response, the company said it would increase cash assistance for fuel to 260,000 dong ($ 11) from 200,000 dong per month, and their cash assistance for food to 20,000 dong from 18,000 dong per month. The company also said it would pay men with children under the age of 5 child benefits of 50,000 dong a month.
However, initially Viet Glory refused to increase the base salary and seniority bonus.
But on Feb. 12, Viet Glory conceded and agreed to a 6 percent pay rise from Feb. 1. She also gave a bonus for years of service to employees who have worked in the company for at least a year.
The monthly allowance for years of service is 30,000 dong per year of service. Those who reach the seventh year of service in the company will receive a monthly allowance for seniority of 210,000 dong.
This was reported by the Vietnamese service RFA. Translated by Anna Wu. Written in English by Rosanna Gerin.