Vietnamese not thrilled by lowest cost status

Posted: March 25, 2011 in Rights around the world
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The My Phong factory. Image: Nam Tuan via Panoramio

Just over a year ago the Vietnamese authorities arrested 3 organisers of a strike at the My Phong factory in Tra Vinh, Vietnam.

In that strike, 10,000 workers walked off the job protesting essentially at their low rate of pay, just USD 58 a month, which is insufficient to cover the cost of living.

The crime of Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung, Do Thi Minh Hanh and Doan Huy Chuong was to distribute leaflets encouraging people to strike and purporting to form their own employee association without asking permission of the government.

They were sentenced to 9 years jail last October and last Friday the appeals court upheld their sentence.

Nine years in jail for attempting to exercise the right to free association! Disgraceful.

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