Striking workers block HCMC road

By Trung Hieu, Thanh Nien News

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Thousands of workers pouring into the road, climbing on an overpass in Tan Tao Industrial Zone, Ho Chi Minh City, during a wildcat strike to demand for the right to severance pay. Photo: Trung Hieu Thousands of workers pouring into the road, climbing on an overpass in Tan Tao Industrial Zone, Ho Chi Minh City, during a wildcat strike to demand for the right to severance pay. Photo: Trung Hieu

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Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Tan District said Monday morning they are trying to clear a street blocked by thousands of workers from a nearby Taiwanese-owned factory striking for the right to severance pay.
The strike, which began on March 26, gathered momentum Monday, PouYuen Vietnam Company Limited officials said.
The situation worsened further after a district-level representative of the workers spoke with them in a vain effort to calm them down.
The workers marched around the footwear and leather firm situated in the Tan Tao Industrial Zone before pouring out into nearby roads, climbing an overpass and completely blockading the area.

 

Traffic is blocked at a road near HCM City’s Tan Tao Industrial Zone Monday morning by thousands of workers from a Taiwanese-owned factory who struck work.
 

 

The blockade had not been lifted when a Thanh Nien News correspondent went to the site at 10:40am, and in fact more and more workers were pouring into the place.
Thousands of workers had turned up at PouYuen Monday morning, but they were not working and had not even turned on the lights.
Some other factories in the industrial zone did not work that day.

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