The 17,000 workers, out of a total of 21,600 workers of the Pouchen shoe company in Dong Nai Province, are expected to resume the strike next week.

Strikers said the company is bleeding them dry with the new regulation, which punishes workers who take four days off or more a year by withholding their year-end bonuses, according to a Lao Dong Newspaper report.

In Vietnam, employees are entitled to at least 12 days of fully paid annual leave.

On Thursday, the company's management agreed to discuss and explain the new regulations later, asking the strikers to return to work the next day.

The strike continued on Friday as workers demanded the regulation be reviewed and changed immediately.

At around 2 p.m. on Friday, there was a clash between an unidentified man and a group of workers. Three strikers were injured, including a 31-year-old woman.

Nguyen Thi Ngoc An, director of the labor confederation in Dong Nai's Bien Hoa Town, told Thanh Nien that her office is working out a solution with Pouchen’s managers.

“We are waiting for a decision from the parent company,” said An.

Thanh Nien News - February 27, 2016


Vietnam strike not having 'material impact' on output

Taiwan-based Pou Chen Group (寶成), one of the largest contract footwear manufacturers in the world, said Saturday that a strike at one of its plants in Vietnam is not having any material impact on its production.

The strike occurred at a production base in Dong Nai province in southern Vietnam on Thursday afternoon and was still going as of Saturday afternoon, the footwear maker said.

Pou Chen churns out athletic and casual footwear for many international brands, such as Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Asics, Under Armour, New Balance, Puma, Converse, Salomon and Timberland.

According to a report by Bloomberg, about 17,000 employees out of the 21,600 working at the Dong Nai plant went on strike to protest Pou Chen's reward and punishment policies.

Though Pou Chen halted implementation of the policies in response to the strike, the labor action has continued, the report said, citing the Lao Dong newspaper in Vietnam as saying.

The shoe maker said it was trying to deal with the strike by strengthening communications with the striking workers and hoped to resolve the incident as soon as possible.

But it stressed that the incident has not had any "material" adversarial impact on the plant's production.

Pou Chen set up production facilities for its footwear business in Dong Nai in 1994, and it now operates other production bases in Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City, Tay Ninh and Tien Giang.

Vietnam is just one of Pou Chen's many production sites around the world. It also operates factories in Taiwan, China, Indonesia, the United States, Mexico and other areas in Asia.

According to its website, Pou Chen produces more than 300 million pairs of shoes a year. The group accounts for about 20 percent of the entire wholesale value of the global branded athletic and casual footwear market.

By Jeffrey Wu & Frances Huang - The Central News Agency (.tw) - February 27, 2016