Forced to work without lights, 600 workers go on strike in Hai Phong

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Garment workers in Hai Phong gather in front of their company in a strike against heavy workload on May 21, 2015. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre Garment workers in Hai Phong gather in front of their company in a strike against heavy workload on May 21, 2015. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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More than 600 garment workers in Hai Phong have struck work for the last three days after their company forced them to work extra time without lights.
Nguyen Thi H., a worker at the leather shoe factory of Dinh Vang company, said the company recently required each worker to work on 50 pieces an hour, up from the earlier 30.
Most could not manage and had to work during the lunch break without lights, she said.
“Many of us had to use the torch in our cell phones.”
Tran Trong Hung, a manager, said the factory kept the lights off so as not to disturb workers having a nap.
“The factory has nearly 3,000 workers and only a small number of them were working during the lunch break.”
Hung said many of the striking workers have agreed to return to work after the company promised to reduce their workload.
Tran Thi Nguyet, a labor union official, said workers have also complained about the company’s failure to send their contributions to the state social insurance fund, lack of bonuses for senior workers, poor food and regular rebukes by managers.
Local authorities are making the company improve its policies, she added.

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