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Vietnamese workers in Malaysia resume work after 5-day strike

Update: March, 14/2013 - 12:33

HA NOI – Most of the Vietnamese workers who are employed by the Recron textile company in Malaysia's Nilai Industrial Zone have agreed to resume work after a five-day strike demanding a higher minimum wage.

A Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Malaysia yesterday reported that the Overseas Labour Management Board of the Viet Nam Embassy to Malaysia negotiated with the company about the wages for their Vietnamese workers.

Last Friday over 2,600 of Recron's migrant workers called the strike to protest the company's failure to implement Malaysia's new monthly minimum wage of 900RM (US$289), which came into force in January. The guest workers were being paid the old minimum wage of 546RM ($175) per month.

At the meeting, the company's representatives explained that the salary delay was a result of serious financial losses suffered in the last two years.

Last year alone Recron posted a loss of RM 141 million ($47 million).

The company has reported its situation to Malaysia's National Wages Consultative Council, who are deciding how to proceed with the implementation of the new wage structure. Until the council makes its decision, Vietnamese staff will continue to receive the lower wage.

The employer agreed to pay a bonus of 25 RM this month and promised to offer Vietnamese staff extra-work to help them improve their income.

Most of Recron's Vietnamese workforce were sent there via the Ha Tinh Industrial Development, Construction and Trading Joint Stocks Company based in central Ha Tinh Province.

At present, there are 5,000 people working in the industrial zone, half of whom are migrant workers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal and Viet Nam. -- VNS

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