Labor authorities in Thanh Hoa Province have asked a Taiwan-Vietnam joint venture to send home a Chinese supervisor accused of sticking a Vietnamese worker's palms together with industrial glue.
Police in the northern province are investigating the man, known as A Vuong, an employee of the Hong Fu Vietnam Footwear Company at Hoang Long Industrial Zone in Hoang Hoa District.
The incident took place at around 11 a.m. on November 26. Reports are not clear about how it happened. One says Vuong forced Le Thi Phuong, a worker at the company, to pour 502 Super Glue from a tube on her palms and to press her the palms together, while another says he asked her to open her palms and poured the glue himself.
He had previously yelled at another female worker named Hoa after seeing her using the glue on shoe products and almost poured glue on her hands but she evaded him.
When Phuong, who took charge of the shift, came on the scene, he took his spite out on Phuong. Some reports say Hoa and Phuong begged him not to force Phuong to pour glue on her hands but he ignored them.
After her palms were stuck with glue, Phuong cried until she passed out.
She was admitted to a hospital and doctors separated her hands.
Workers at the company were outraged with the Chinese supervisor's act and went on a strike.
After being informed of the news, representatives from the Hoang Hoa District Labor Union arrived at the company and asked for an investigation into the incident.
The union also required the company to suspend the supervisor and pay for Phuong's medical treatment. It also said the company should pay salaries for all workers who went on the strike that afternoon.
Company management admitted the act was wrong and suspended the Chinese employee.
They explained that the company had banned workers from using the 502 Super Glue to fix faulty products but the workers had sneaked the product in, triggering Vuong's rage.
On Monday, the provincial labor department proposed that the company send the Chinese employee home.
But Mai Duc Chinh, deputy chairman of Vietnam General Confederation of Labor, said the federation had asked Thanh Hoa authorities to punish Vuong strictly.
"If investigations show he had committed a criminal act, he must be prosecuted. If not, Thanh Hoa authorities should expel him from Vietnam," he said.
The Hong Fu Footwear Vietnam Company started operations early this year with around 3,000 workers, online newspaper VietNamNet reported.