Around 40 cashiers at the Lotte Mart in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7 walked off the job October 28 in protest of what they say is the company’s unfair wage policy.
Lotte Mart in District 7, HCM City (Photo: Saigon Times)
The workers complained they were paid only VND1.5 million (about US$85) per month on average after nearly one year of working for the supermarket. Lotte, meanwhile, recently announced that it would pay VND2 million per month to new workers performing the same job at a new company outlet.
The protesters said they had filed a request for higher salaries with the company’s management board but their demands were rejected.
The same day, District 7 Labor Federation representatives came to the supermarket to try and resolve the dispute, but the supermarket’s manager refused to meet with them, saying he was too busy.
Lotte Mart is owned by Lotte Shopping Vietnam Co., Ltd., a wholly South Korean-owned company, located at Tan Phong Ward, District 7, HCM City.
The company has yet to establish a trade union after operating for nearly a year, according to the District 7 Labor Federation.