VIETNAM: 20,000 workers strike at Nike supplier
A strike involving 20,000 factory workers has taken place at a Vietnam footwear plant that makes shoes for sporting goods giant Nike, it has been reported.
Workers downed their tools today (1 April) at the Taiwanese-owned Ching Luh plant, in southern Long An province, according to the Associated Press.
AP reported that the plant already pays 14% more than the minimum wage in Vietnam, but that workers were struggling to keep up with the daily price of living in the country amid rising inflation.
Such strikes have become more commonplace in Vietnam, and, in January, 2,000 workers walked out in protest at their low wages at a textile plant in Ho Chi Minh City.
In a statement to just-style, Nike said: "We are encouraged by the open dialogue occurring between factory management and workers. We recognise the impact that rising inflation has had on the people of Vietnam and support the government's move to raise the minimum wage at the beginning of this year.
"We strongly support the workers' right to freedom of association, and hope the situation will be resolved quickly and amicably."
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