Workers riot, critically injured at Samsung factory in Vietnam (with video)

“Vietnamese police said Friday they had launched an investigation into a riot at a multi-billion dollar Samsung factory that left 13 people injured, four critically,” Agence France-Presse reports.

“Violence broke out between security guards and local construction workers early Thursday in northern Thai Nguyen province where the South Korean electronics giant is building a $3.2 billion high-tech complex,” AFP reports. “‘We have opened an investigation into the regrettable disorder in which 11 factory guards and two policemen were injured,’ Nguyen Nhu Tuan, director of the provincial police, told AFP.”

“According to reports in state-run media, the violence was sparked when a worker, who had arrived late, was beaten by security guards when he tried to enter the site,” AFP reports. “Hundreds of other workers then hurled bricks and rocks at the guards before setting fire to containers being used as offices and dozens of motorbikes… ‘We will do our utmost to prevent any such incidents from recurring in the future,’ Samsung said in a statement posted on its official blog.”

 
Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The beatings will continue until morale improves.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Tipster” for the heads up.]

38 Comments

  1. “…that left 13 people injured…”
    “…11 security guards and two policemen…”
    “…when a worker, who had arrived late, was beaten by security guards…”
    By my math that’s 14 people injured. Unless you don’t count workers as injured even though they were beaten.
    In any case, it seems oddly one-sided, unless the policemen were amazingly effective at getting their licks in on those 11 security guards?!?

    1. Absolute authority from above, absolute obedience from below. Must be a hoot working over there. It’s a shame we have to support companies and their policies like this so we can have our high tech bobbles. I wish there was another way. At least Apple has brought back a small amount of manufacturing to the USA. I don’t think union activists have been beaten hear since the 30’s.

      Eventually these workers are going to exercise moves to evoke collective bargaining, then all hell will break out. To ignore the mistakes of the past, leads to them being repeated. I wouldn’t be putting all my manufacturing in one country. If one goes into anarchy, it would be wise to have a manufacturing backup in another country. It should be interesting watching this play out over the next decade.

      Power to the people!

        1. Since you’re more interested in grammar than the points being made, here it is again just for you:

          There is still a lot of manufacturing going on here. We just happen to automate more than most. When you can hire 10 people for what one western worker costs, it’s wise to invest in a million dollar robot. I remember watching a report on the Three Gorges Dam. They had thousands of workers with wheel barrows, whereas, here, their would have been several bulldozers doing the same amount of work. As these people demand higher salaries and better standards of living, they’ll eventually embrace the same paradigms you see in western countries.

          Gee, I hope I got it write this thyme. I wish MDN would allow editing after you post something. What’s it like being perfect?

          1. It is quite easy to read your post before committing it to the thread. Just slow down a little. Sheesh!

            You protest too much – too late.

            You probably went to college.

    2. Right, that many injuries, but those are not Apple related workers so nothing to see here, keep moving people. Remember media only care abut apple supposedly doing wrong and nothing more.

        1. Periods end normal sentences. Sentences begin with capital letters.

          Please take your browser to MDNGP.org and fill out the triplicated form that allows you to edit your response to meet the strict requirements of the MDNGP hit squad.

          🙂

    1. There is still a lot of manufacturing going on here. We just happen to automate more than most. When you can hire 10 people for what one Western Worker costs, it’s wise to invest in a million dollar robot. I remember watch a report on the Three Gorges Dam. They had thousands of workers with wheel barrows, whereas, hear, their would have been several bulldozers doing the same amount of work. As these people demand higher salaries and better standards of living, they’ll eventually embrace the same paradigms you see in western countries.

      1. From your local rather testy grammar police who is now weal-ding a truncheon 🙁
        Did you mean “whereas, here, their would have been”, instead of “hear, their would have been”? If you can get “manufacturing going on here” correct, why do you seem unable to get it right on your subsequent statements?

        1. Sorry – if you want to be a member of the Grammar Police, you had better learn your basic grammar.

          It would “there”, as in:

          …whereas, here, there would have been…

          Also, a period after “truncheon” would be nice.
          And “wielding”.

          John Smith
          President, MDNGP

          1. The grammar police’s enrollment plan is working brilliantly as the ranks have now swollen dramatically!
            Yes, you are right and wrong at the same time! I was paraphrasing the original statement hence the quotation marks, but you were right in that I should have noticed the error in the spelling of “their” instead of ‘there’ as you have spotted.
            Thank you to all the grammar police who police the grammar policemen & women out there.

  2. So, what camera phone was taking that video? Crap, whatever it was.

    Watching crowd-mind behavior can be fascinating, as long as you’re not stuck amidst the crowd. The contrast between order and chaos was surreal; The perfectly tailored and pressed military uniforms versus the berzerker chaos of the mob, stuff burning, cheers as stuff explodes and smokes.

    I don’t understand if Samsung is responsible for the beating or if this is a contractor problem. Anyway, watch out ticking off a mass of peasant labor! Us vs Them is never pretty.

  3. http://vietnamnews.vn/economy/249487/phones-accessories-climb-to-top-exports-at-215b.html

    Updated December, 27 2013 09:31:43

    HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam’s export turnover of phones and accessories reached US$21.5 billion this year, ranking first among the country’s export items.

    Figures from the General Customs Office (GSO) showed that turnover of exported phones and accessories posted a 69.2 per cent year-on-year rise.

    These exported products have seen the highest growth rate and turnover in the past five years.

    The office said exports of phones and accessories this year surpassed the garment and textile sector, topping the list of the country’s export staples.

    The garment and textile export turnover was $17.9 billion this year, followed by computers and spare parts, which were listed at $10.7 billion.

    Exports of phones and accessories accounted for one-fifth of the country’s total export turnovers, and one-half of the trade sector’s growth, said the office.

    Further, export turnover of these items was $300-400 million monthly in previous years, reaching $1.3 billion in July 2011.

    Le Thi Minh Thuy, head of GSO’s Trade and Service Statistics Department, told VnExpress online newspaper that the sharp increase in exports of phones and accessories was attributed to the contribution of Samsung Electronics Viet Nam, which made up 98 per cent of the country’s exported mobile phones and accessories last year.

    Also, these items contributed 20 per cent to the country’s total export turnover, Thuy added. — VNS

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