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Workers strike seeking wage hike at Korean garment unit
15
Jul '11
Around 2,000 workers of a South-Korean garment firm's Vietnam unit have launched a peaceful agitation to protest lower wages.

The workers of Ivory Garment Company claimed that it is not possible for them to sustain on the low wages that the company pays them, and have thus resorted to a strike seeking wage hike.

The workers are seeking a rise in four different types of perks including a hike in overtime wages from US$ 10 per month to US$ 20 per month and a rise in bonuses for senior workers from US$ 1 per month to US$ 2.5 per month.

Although the company has consented to fulfil these demands, the agitating workers are declining to get back to work in the absence of a formal written agreement.

Presently, the workers at this plant draw a minimum salary of 1.5 million dong or US$ 75 per month, while the senior workers who have worked for more than five years at the plant draw two million dong or US$ 100 per month.

Experts predict more protests over lower wages during the year, as soaring prices continue to trouble the poorest section of the society.

The Government said that though it proposed to hold inflation at eight percent last year, it has risen to 13.29 percent for the first half of the current year.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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