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A worker writhed on the ground after being assaulted by security workers at the Samsung Display factory in Vietnam.  Source:  YouTube capture

Thousands of workers milled around the gate of the construction site of a Samsung Display Co., Ltd factory in Vietnam, scuttling with private security forces and smashing security facilities, after security guards threw a worker to the ground, according to multiple press reports from South Korea and Vietnam.

While the information is sketchy as of this posting, the press reports commonly said as follow: On Feb. 28 afternoon, massive scuffles broke out between Vietnamese workers and South Korean security guards in Yen Phong, Bac Ninh, about one hour drive from Hanoi, after security guards knocked down a Vietnamese worker, rendering him unconscious.

Beating After Long Queue

The victim was among about 5,000-6,000 workers who had to wait in long queues to return to work after lunch as security guards were checking individual IDs due to fingerprint-reader malfunctions.

Soon, about 2,000 enraged workers rioted and pushed aside security guards.  About 100 police officers were brought to the scene to de-escalate the situation.  The police dispersed the crowd, after reinforcements from other districts, said Dient Dan Dan Tri Vietnam, a local news site.

A YouTube clip shows a worker writhing on the ground next to a fingerprint reader–embedded turnstile.

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Police were brought from several districts to disperse the crowd.  Source: Vnexpress

Casualties: Official vs. Unofficial

It will take some time for a complete picture of the strife to emerge from a powerful multinational operating in an incomplete democracy.  Samsung C&T, the contractor for Samsung Display Co., Ltd. said there were no critical injuries, while remaining mum on property damage.

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Vietnamese workers thronged to get back to work before the riot broke out.  Source: Techz.vn

As of this posting, the Vietnamese government has yet to comment.  While South Korea’s news agency Yonhap News said one Vietnamese worker was injured, a variety of Vietnamese news sites put the number of injuries at four to 11.

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The Samsung factory gate remained closed after police broke up the crowd.  Source: dantri.com.vn

Samsung’s Vietnam

The riot is the latest manifestation of Samsung’s smoldering tensions with labor in Vietnam where it is now the largest foreign employer.  In Jan. 2014, in a similar pattern local workers and South Korean security guards clashed at the construction site of a $3.2 billion Samsung Electronics plant in the Vietnamese province of Thai Nguyen, leaving 13 people injured.

Since 2008, Samsung Group has invested a total of $17.3 billion in Vietnam.  Samsung Display, a spinoff of Samsung Electronics, alone is investing a total of $6.5 billion in the country.  Currently, more than 100,000 Vietnamese workers assemble close to 50 percent of Samsung mobile phones and 100 percent of high-end Galaxy smartphones.

Apart from flashpoints like riots or violent clashes, little information is available about working conditions at Samsung factories in the Southeastern Asian country.  However, the Galaxy 7 fiasco last year offered a sneak peek: Vietnamese workers had to assemble close to 7 million replacements for fire-prone Galaxy 7 handsets during the five days Harvest Moon holidays for the hasty recall that flopped.

SHARPS’s Sit-in Continues 

Since Oct. 7, 2015, SHARPS and its supporters have been staging a sit-in at Samsung D’light, the company’s so-called global exhibition space in south Seoul, calling for the world’s largest technology company to:  1) compensate all victims of occupational disease transparently and sufficiently; and 2) make a sincere and full apology.

 

Correction, Feb. 28, 8:05pm EST:  The following sentence is now removed from the post as it contained a link to a YouTube clip of Vietnamese workers rioting at a Samsung plant in Jan. 2014:

Another clip shows the burning entrance and turnstiles, attesting to the intensity of the clash.”

Correction, March 1, 7:00am EST:  References to fire are now removed from the following sentences as it has turned out that there were no attempts at arson during the strife;

“Thousands of workers milled around the gate of the construction site of a Samsung Display Co., Ltd factory in Vietnam, scuttling with private security forces and smashing or setting security facilities afire, after security guards threw a worker to the ground, according to multiple press reports from South Korea and Vietnam”; and

“Soon, about 2,000 enraged workers rioted, pushed aside security guards and set the turnstiles afire.”

 

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