Three thousand workers in Vietnam strike at Japanese car plant

Hanoi – Nearly 3,000 workers at a Japanese car factory in Hanoi were in the second day of a wildcat strike over low wages, officials said Tuesday.

An official from Yamaha Motor Viet Nam 2 told the German Press Agency dpa that workers were demanding a 400,000-dong (19-dollar) wage increase per month.

Workers said the higher cost of living following recent price hikes in gas, oil and electricity prices meant they could not survive on their current wages, according to the factory official who declined to be named.

Hanoi – Nearly 3,000 workers at a Japanese car factory in Hanoi were in the second day of a wildcat strike over low wages, officials said Tuesday.

An official from Yamaha Motor Viet Nam 2 told the German Press Agency dpa that workers were demanding a 400,000-dong (19-dollar) wage increase per month.

Workers said the higher cost of living following recent price hikes in gas, oil and electricity prices meant they could not survive on their current wages, according to the factory official who declined to be named.

The firm was to make a decision on Wednesday, he said.

‘The company can meet the workers’ demands but we fear a pay increase could affect other companies in the industrial park because other factory workers will go on strike to demand higher wages,’ he said.

At the moment the starting monthly salary at the plant is 1.65 million dong (79 dollars). Those who have worked at the plant for five years get 2 million dong (96 dollars).

Inflation in Vietnam is expected to cause more wildcat strikes in the near future.

Last month, the government raised the cost of petrol by as much as 24 per cent and electricity by 15 per cent.

The price hikes came a time of growing unease about the stability of the country’s fast-growing economy. In February, the annualized growth rate of the consumer price index hit a two-year high of 12.31 per cent.

The government said it planned to contain inflation at 8 per cent last year, but it hit 11.8 per cent.

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