Factory workers strike for higher Tet bonuses in southern Vietnam

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Around 2,000 workers at a factory in Ho Chi Minh City's District 7 went on strike on January 9 in response to the announcement that this year's Tet (Lunar New Year) bonus would be smaller than last year's.

The Japanese owned Nissey Vietnam Co., Ltd said it would cut Tet bonuses by nearly half of last year's sum, which was between VND4-5 million (US$192-240), according to the workers.

Reacting to the strike, the company, which employs 2,600 workers at its two factories, said it will cut striking workers' salaries if they do not return to work.

Nissey Vietnam Co., Ltd, specializing in producing eyeglasses-frames, cameras and watch components, justified the bonus decrease saying it faced economic difficulties in 2012 and had to take out bank loans to meet operating costs.

The workers, however, claim that business at the company went smoothly last year.

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