Thousands of workers in the southern province of Dong Nai have gone on wildcat strikes over the past week to demand higher salaries and early Tet vacations.
On Tuesday (December 28), around 1,700 workers of the Great Super Company at Suoi Tre Industrial Park in Long Khanh District went on a strike to demand a higher monthly salary of VND1.55 million (US$79.5).
The company, however, only agreed to increase the wages to VND1.44 million from next year onwards.
In another case, around 20,000 workers of the Tae Kwang Vina Company at Bien Hoa 2 Industrial Park went on strike on Monday to demand earlier Tet vacations, from December 27 or 28 on the lunar calendar. Earlier, the company had announced that the holiday would begin on December 29. The workers also demanded higher wages and better meals.
On the same day, around 4,100 workers of the Namyang Company at the Amata Industrial Park went on strike demanding higher wages.
The Dong Nai Labor Federation has met with the companies to discuss solutions. It noted that both Tae Kwang Vina and Namyang had increased salaries before the strikes.
On December 25, Dong Nai police arrested a 23-year-old worker of Namyang, identified only as B., for distributing 200 leaflets calling on his colleagues to go on strike, the Tien Phong newspaper reported Sunday.