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Thousands of footwear factory workers walk off the job in Nghe An

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Around 6,000 workers have walked off the job at Viet Glory Co., Ltd. in the central province of Nghe An in protest of low pay and unreasonable work rules, reported the local media.

They began walking out yesterday afternoon, October 2, when thousands of workers refused to work and staged a protest at the parking lot. They left the company at around 1:30 p.m.

Employees of the footwear company are seeking an increase in base salary, a review of company executives’ behaviors, changes in meeting schedules, a 13th-month bonus based on actual working hours and sufficient maternity leave.

By the end of the day, the company’s management responded to the workers’ demands, emphasizing that they could not raise salaries due to business difficulties. However, the company said that it would consider requests regarding the 13th-month bonus and hazardous duty pay in accordance with its welfare regulations.

The company also called for all workers to return to work and warned that those who took a leave of absence for five days in a month without prior consent from the employer would have their contracts terminated.

Despite the company’s response, the workers continued walking out today morning, expressing their disagreement with the company’s leadership.

Viet Glory was established in 2019 in Dien Truong Commune, Dien Chau District, Nghe An Province, with an expected annual production capacity of 25 million products.

Workers at the company previously walked off the job after the Lunar New Year holidays in 2021 and 2022 to demand a pay rise.

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