Vietnamese workers protest low wages at S Korean garment firm

By Hua Xuyen Huynh, Thanh Nien News

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Workers at a garment factory of South Korean Panko in Quang Nam Province express frustration over their salaries on July 9, 2016. Photo: Anh Vinh Workers at a garment factory of South Korean Panko in Quang Nam Province express frustration over their salaries on July 9, 2016. Photo: Anh Vinh

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More than 1,000 workers went on strike at a South Korean-owned garment factory in the central province of Quang Nam, demanding the salaries they agreed to when signing contracts.
The workers of Panko Tam Thang, a factory under Panko Corporation, said they have been paid less than promised, and the factory lunches are of low standards.
Many workers went on the first strike on June 10, many others joined for the second one Saturday.
They said the company offered VND4 million (US$178) a month in the contract but they have received less than VND3 million for several months.
Labor officials in the area have urged the company to meet with workers, make good of its promises and apologize to the workers if necessary.
But the workers will have to wait for at least several days for the company’s head of board of directors to come from South Korea.

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