Archive for the ‘strike’ Category

Vietnam Workers Strike, Claim Abuse By Chinese Bosses

January 4, 2009

Nearly 4,000 workers at a Taiwanese footwear plant in Vietnam have gone on strike to protest alleged ill-treatment by their bosses, state media reported Sunday.

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The workers, mostly women, said managers from mainland China had beaten and humiliated employees at the Sun Jade company in Thanh Hoa province, according to the Thanh Nien daily.

Thanh Nien and other newspapers said the workers had also reported being denied sick leave and days off for deaths in the family, and were often docked an entire month’s pay if they failed to show up.

Company and local trade union officials could not be reached for comment. Rpeports said it was the plant’s third strike since June.

Last year, as Vietnam was hit by double-digit inflation and an economic slowdown, workers downed tools at hundreds of factories, demanding better pay and conditions.

The Lao Dong daily estimated there were 775 strikes nationwide, mostly in the industrial south, compared to 541 the previous year.

Industrial unrest could flare up again before the Tet lunar New Year in late January, a time when workers often ask for extra pay and time off to visit their families.

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‘India Was Ready to Strike Pakistan’

December 7, 2008

The Pakistani High Commissioner in London, Wajid Shamsul Hassan, says India was ready to launch a military strike on Pakistan in retaliation for the Mumbai terror attacks, Sky News reported.

Hassan said British and American officials had to intervene to prevent India from carrying out an attack.

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, pictured in October, 2008. ... 
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
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“On the day of the Mumbai attacks, I got some information in London that India was going to act very drastically against Pakistan in retaliation to what happened,” Hassan told Sky News.

The senior diplomat alerted the Pakistani government and President Asif Ali Zardari to the threat.

In turn, Zardari urgently contacted high level British and American officials who intervened to calm the situation.

“The president spoke to people in various places and the next day Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke to Mr. Zardari and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke to Shri Pranab Mukherjee, India’s external minister,” Hassan told Sky News. “It was probably because of that reason why the tension that was building up was eased a little.”

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