Vietnam hit by rare strike for a fifth day at major footwear factory
Thousands of workers are on strike and have massed peacefully inside and outside the factory owned by Pou Yuen Vietnam protesting over social insurance cover. Thousands of workers at a major factory in southern Vietmam went on strike for a fifth day on Tuesday in protest over social insurance cover, in a rare show of labour unrest in a country positioning itself as a future Asian manufacturing powerhouse. Witnesses in the industrialised suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City said hundreds of workers massed peacefully inside and outside the factory owned by Pou Yuen Vietnam, a footwear maker for firms that include Nike Inc and Adidas and brands including Lacoste, Converse and Reebok. Pou Yuen, which employs close to 80,000 workers, is controlled by Chinese shoemaker Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd , a subsidiary of Taiwan–listed Pou Chen Corp .