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Thousands strike for bonus at top shoemaker Pou Chen's factory in Vietnam

Thousands strike for bonus at top shoemaker Pou Chen's factory in Vietnam

Saturday, January 08, 2022, 13:59 GMT+7
Thousands strike for bonus at top shoemaker Pou Chen's factory in Vietnam
Thousands of workers of Taiwanese-invested footwear maker Pouchen Vietnam strike work in the southern province of Dong Nai, January 7, 2022, to protest the company’s Tet bonus policy. Photo: B.A. / Tuoi Tre

HANOI -- Thousands of employees at Pou Chen, the world's largest manufacturer of branded sports footwear, went on strike at a factory in southern Vietnam on Friday, demanding better year-end bonuses, state media reported.

The Taiwan-owned company supplies to Nike and Adidas.

Workers at the factory in Bien Hoa City complained that the company cut their year-end bonus to the equivalent of between 1 and 1.5 months of salary, from 1.9-2.2 months in the previous years, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

Pou Chen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Photos on the newspaper's website showed several hundreds of people standing in front of what appears to be the factory and in a nearby park.

Workers of Pouchen Vietnam gather at company premises on the afternoon of January 7, 2022. Photo: B.A. / Tuoi Tre
Workers of Pouchen Vietnam gather at company premises on the afternoon of January 7, 2022. Photo: B.A. / Tuoi Tre

All of the factory's 16,000 workers stopped working due to the strike, the report said.

The city authorities are negotiating with the company executives to raise the bonuses to last year's levels, Tuoi Tre reported, citing the chairman of the city's People's Committee Nguyen Huu Nguyen.

"The workers also need to share the difficulties with the company which had to suspend production for a long time last year due to the pandemic," Nguyen was quoted as saying.

Reuters

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