Taiwan Shoemaker in Vietnam Resume Production after Strike

Tuan Minh

12:19 01/03/2016

BizLIVE - Workers of Taiwanese shoemaker Pou Chen Group in Vietnam returned to work after a three-day strike.

Taiwan Shoemaker in Vietnam Resume Production after Strike

Workers of Pou Chen Group in Dong Nai province gather to protest the firm's new labor management policy. (Photo: laodong.com.vn)

A plant in Dong Nai province operated by Taiwan’s Pou Chen Group returned to normal on Monday after the giant contract footwear manufacturer conceded some demands of its workers who went on strike during three days.
All workers were back at work after the company agreed to protesters’ requests to suspend the implementation of a new manpower management policy and pay them wages for the three days they were on strike, said Nguyen Minh Quang, head of the Pou Chen Vietnam Footwear Plant Workers’ Union.
About 17,000 employees out of the 21,600 working at the Dong Nai plant went on strike on February 25 to protest the company’s policy, under which work hours were to be taken into account to determine their salaries and bonuses.
Some workers criticized the new regulation as being too strict and said it would penalize them for using their legitimate benefits, such as taking legally mandated days off.
The company then announced that the new policy was just at the experimental phase and could be officially implemented in early 2017.
This is not the first time Pou Chen Group’s workers in Vietnam went on strike. Thousands of Vietnamese employees went on strike for days in early 2015 over a social insurance law.
Pou Chen Group make athletic and casual footwear for many international brands, such as Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Under Armour, New Balance, Puma, Converse, Salomon and Timberland, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency.
It set up production facilities for its footwear business in Dong Nai in 1994, and now operates a total of seven production bases in Vietnam, employing around 160,000 laborers.