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Business Words in the News
Friday 29 November 2002
Vocabulary from the business news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

  Map showing Hanoi
Hanoi Factory violence
Summary: At least four Vietnamese men have been taken to hospital in the southern province of Binh Dzuong, near Ho Chi Minh City, after a group of factory managers attacked striking workers with metal bars. The incident is the latest in a series of strikes at a number of foreign-owned businesses. This report from Clare Arthurs.
   
The News Listen  
  Workers at the Dzoanh Duc furniture plant have been complaining about working long hours on low pay for some time. They say they were regularly forced to work five hours overtime, with some labouring through twenty-four hour shifts for no extra money. Few of the workers had contracts and they say the company was refusing to pay their social and medical insurance. On Tuesday a group of nightshift workers decided they had had enough of the poor conditions and stopped work.

Twenty factory managers, said to be Chinese, allegedly attacked the strikers with steel bars. A running battle ensued and about one hundred police were called in to calm the situation. The general manager of the Taiwanese-owned furniture factory, Chen Chung Hoan, has apologised and promised to rectify the breaches of labour law within a fortnight. Meanwhile, the factory has stopped production and the workers have been given time off. The local branch of the labour department says several of the managers have been charged with breaching labour laws.

 
   
The Words Listen
 
  plant
factory

 
   
  labouring
working

 
   
  shifts
set period of time at work

 
   
  contracts
terms and conditions of employment

 
   
  allegedly
something said but not proved to have happened

 
   
  a running battle
continuous battle

 
   
  ensued
followed

 
   
  rectify
restore

 
   
  breaches
breakages

 
   
  fortnight
two weeks

 
   
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