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All Pouchen workers return to work after stoppage over reduced Tet bonuses

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – After four days of work stoppage over reduced Tet bonuses, all workers at Pouchen Vietnam, a Nike contract manufacturer, in Bien Hoa City of Dong Nai Province have returned to work.

Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy, vice president of Bien Hoa City’s Labor Union, said some 16,500 workers agreed to get back to work, though the company keeps its Tet bonuses unchanged as announced previously.

Over the past four days, the authorities of Dong Nai Province and Bien Hoa City worked with Pouchen’s leaders to explain to workers that the unexpected reduction in the Tet bonuses was due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said Thuy.

As such, the workers agreed to return to work, Thuy added.

Thuy also said that Pouchen Vietnam agreed to pay the workers their full salary for all four days of the strike, the local media reported.

A representative of the Pouchen Labor Union said that apart from the Tet bonuses, the firm will also give over 16,500 gift sets to its workers, pledging that if its production and business operations see positive results and high revenue in 2022, it would raise Tet bonuses and improve the welfare of its workers.

At around 10:30 a.m. on January 7, thousands of workers at Pouchen Vietnam walked off the job after the management announced smaller Tet bonuses, demanding that the company maintain the same Tet bonuses as last year.

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