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Garment workers protest against bonus policy

Update: February, 02/2016 - 17:46
: Workers of YS Vina garment company in Quang Nam Province have struck work to protest against the delay in payment of their Lunar New Year bonuses. — Photo

QUANG NAM (VNS) — Nearly 1,000 garment workers have struck work because of a delay by their company in paying the Lunar New Year bonus in Quang Nam Province.

Nearly 1,000 workers of the YS Vina garment company (located in Truong Xuan industrial park in Tam Ky City, Quang Nam Province) gathered in front of the company's factory yesterday afternoon.

They asked for revision of the company's Lunar New Year bonus policy as the company had decided to pay their bonus over three months.

Workers received an average bonus amount of more than VND2.5 million (US$112,2), which was equal to their monthly salary.

"Not only is the bonus too little, the company has decided to pay only 30 per cent of it before the Lunar New Year holiday. We will receive the remaining amount on March 15 and April 15," Hoang, a company worker, said.

That means the workers will receive their full bonus only after the Lunar New Year holiday.

"Those who have worked for less than a year have had their bonus amounts cut down significantly," Hoang said.

"My family was looking forward to my bonus to prepare for the New Year holiday. We are now extremely worried to hear that the bonus will be paid in installments," another worker said.

"I have never heard of such a strange New Year bonus policy," he said.

Such a policy came about due to the company's financial problems, a company representative said.

The company asked the workers to understand its position as the workers' bonus amounts were larger than those in some other companies, who gave their workers only VND200,000 ($8.97).

The functional forces had collaborated to guide the company in finding solutions to the problem, Nguyen Tien, deputy head of the labour division under the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in Quang Nam Province, said.

However, the company disagreed and said it would handle the situation on its own.

Dozens of Tam Ky City's policemen arrived at the scene to control the crowd yesterday.

The YS Vina Company is a foreign enterprise that specialises in garment production and the manufacture of export products. — VNS

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