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Vietnam’s Workers Resist Return to Factories: NYT

Crippled by Covid-19, Southeast Asian country’s industrial sector tries to lure back former employees who returned to home provinces

Vietnam's industrial production is heavily reliant on Chinese materials and equipment. Photo: Reuters.


Thu Trang travelled to Ho Chi Minh City in 2019, ecstatic to get a job at a factory, The New York Times reported.

She worked eight-hour shifts and was guaranteed overtime pay, and the wages were nearly triple what she had made as a farmer back home. But during a Covid-19 outbreak, the factory where she worked making Adidas, Converse and New Balance shoes virtually shut down.

In October, when restrictions loosened as global supply chain issues surged, Thu Trang decided she would pack up and return to her home province, Tra Vinh. “Even if the company doubles or triples our wages, I insist on moving back home,” she said.

Read the full report: The New York Times



George Russell

George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.


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