Posted by: BPSOS | April 15, 2008

In the News: Vietnamese Workers Strike at Another Taiwanese-Run Factory

Vietnamese women work in factories at home – and increasingly, abroad.

April 14, 2008: It’s too early to say whether a pattern is emerging, but one thing is clear: Taiwanese-run factories seem to be running afoul of Vietnamese workers, whether in Jordan or in Vietnam itself. The latest news is a strike by 3,000 workers demanding better wages at a Taiwanese shoe factory in Long An Province. Their struggle is driven, in part, by skyrocketing inflation that has put daily necessities farther from the reach of ordinary people. Click here to learn more.

The Taiwanese record on human rights is fairly ugly when it comes to labor-management relations. As far back as 2001, Taiwanese firms were accused of running strings of sweatshops across Central America. Click here to read more about the horrific conditions endured by workers in Taiwanese factories in places like Nicaragua. Is Jordan or Vietnam the next Nicaragua?

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