February 2, 2009: It looks to be shaping up as a rough year for both Vietnamese labor exports, and for workers who don’t even leave their homeland. The global economic downturn has put a lid on Vietnam’s exploding program to ship workers abroad. Meanwhile, according to the journal Labor Notes, nearly 4,000 Vietnamese garment workers went on strike in northern Vietnam in early January.
The workers were protesting mistreatment by management at the Taiwanese-owned Sun Jade Co. shoe factory in Thanh Hoa province. Labor Notes writes that you can support the workers by sending letters of protest to Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, No. 12 Ngo Quyen street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi, Viet Nam.
Labor Notes is a great place to learn about labor rights both overseas and here in the United States. Check out the complete article here.