Vietnamese workers prolong strike for wage rise at Chinese-owned factory

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A Chinese firm that makes teddy bears in north central Vietnam sought police help Wednesday against a wildcat strike by more than 2,200 workers since Monday.

The workers are demanding timely payment of wages, payment of unpaid bonuses promised by Matrix Vinh Company, and wage hikes.

Two women, Tran Thi Tham and Nguyen Thi Duyen, fainted in the jostling among workers Wednesday and had to be hospitalized.

On Monday the workers met with the company director Liu Yu Lin, who admitted there had been a failure to pay Lunar New Year bonuses, due in January, and delays in paying wages.

But he refused to promise any wage increase.

The workers want two administration officials to apologize for insulting them, but the duo have refused, denying having used bad language.

Some workers said the strike would go on until they get the apology and wage increase.

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