Vietnamese foreign workers in the garment industry in Malaysia
Additional Publication Information
The Vietnam Update will be held at University House, Australian National University on 6-7 November 2008. The 2008 Vietnam Update addresses the topic of labour in Vietnam. Vietnam is one of the world's fastest growing economies and has undergone a remarkable transformation over the last two decades from a poor, mostly agricultural country to a new centre of global industrial production. However, for three years in a row, factories throughout the country have been hit by waves of strikes. Complaints about low wages, harsh conditions and the high cost of living have come to the fore in labour disputes. Industrial unrest has increased in 2008, a year of soaring inflation and slowing growth. Below the surface, rarely manifested in the strikes, are diverse concerns about inadequate social infrastructure for migrant workers, the quality of the workforce, the representation of worker's interests, the unregulated informal sector, and the social and cultural costs of Vietnam's rapid metamorphosis into a globalised industrial society.