Vietnamese worker killed at Taiwan factory strike in Hanoi

HANOI -(Dow Jones)- A Vietnamese worker was killed during a strike at a Taiwanese-owned factory that produces motorbike parts in Hanoi, state media said Thursday.

Nguyen Thi Lieu was killed Thursday morning when she and hundreds of other workers were striking to demand higher salary and subsidies for food and travel at Giai Duc Vietnam Co. in Phu Nghia Industrial Park in Hanoi, online news provider VnExpress reported. The report said a guard of the company drove a small truck into the crowd, killing her and injuring six other workers.

There were 424 labor strikes at companies in Vietnam in 2010, including 128 strikes at Taiwan-invested companies, online news provider VnEconomy reported last month.

Most of the strikes were in response to low salaries amid rising inflation, the report said, citing Mai Duc Chinh, deputy chairman of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor.

Vietnam’s consumer price index rose 19.78% in May from a year earlier, the fastest pace since December 2008.

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Dow Jones Newswires, Jun 23, 2011.

AFP, Jun 23, 2011

Lao xe tải vào nhóm đình công làm chết nữ công nhân, VNExpress, Jun 23, 2011

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