Thousands of workers on strike, demand Tet bonus

More than 3,000 workers at the Minh Phu-Hau Giang Seafood Processing Company in Chau Thanh District in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang stopped work on January 27 to demand for Tet bonus.

Thousands of workers stopped work in Hau Giang Province to demand for Tet bonus (Photo: SGGP)

They congregated in front of the Nam Song Hau Industrial Zone, where the company is located, and asked the company leaders to pay them a full month salary as Tet bonus, same as in last several years. The company now gives them half a month salary as bonus.

At 10am on the same day, Tran Cong Chanh, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee came to Nam Song Hau Industrial Zone, to listen to the workers.

Most of the workers then dispersed with only some staying back to directly talk with leaders of the province and the company.

Chu Van An, deputy chairman of Minh Phu Seafood Corporation, parent company of Minh Phu-Hau Giang, said that they are meeting a lot of difficulties. Not only 3,200 workers in Hau Giang but also 7,000 others are also receiving half a month salary as bonus.

However, his explanation was not accepted by the workers who still asked the company to keep their promise to give a full month salary as bonus.

Chairman Chanh said that the company should attempt to meet the requirement of laborers and proposed that the Police seek out extremists who were taking advantage of the workers to cause public disorder.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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