In the first half of 2008, there were 330 'illegal strikes' in Vietnam (see more here
). And now comes news that up to 10,000 workers "have walked off the job to protest low salaries and lousy meals" a shoe factory in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province. The factory is owned by Pou Chen Vietnam, which is in turn owned by the Taiwanese-based Pou Chen Group
(whose subsidiary Yue Yuen
is the world's largest branded footwear manufacturer). According to the report linked above, workers on the "the picket line threw mam tom
(shrimp paste) and pig blood pudding on other workers for not joining the strike". Pou Chen has agreed to raise wages by 5%, but workers have rejected the offer saying that the US$70 per month they earn is not enough to meet rapidly rising living costs.