Through a case study of workers’ protests to demand owed wages and social insurance benefits after foreign management had suddenly fled the country, this article discusses the moral and legal dynamics of labor dispute resolution in Vietnam. It examines the local government’s use of extralegal measures, which combine a tactical deployment of the law and moral responsibility, in brokering a resolution. The article argues that these measures, while aimed at addressing the legal challenges of supporting affected workers in the event of these so-called “cicada practices,” are limited in satisfying workers’ demands for justice as workers struggle to claim their legal rights and overcome their precariousness.
Unfulfilled Justice: Law and Morality in the Resolution of Workers’ Protests at Texwell Vina in Vietnam
Tu Phuong Nguyen is an Adjunct Fellow at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide. She researches labor resistance, law and social change, and precarity in Vietnam, and she is the author of Workplace Justice: Rights and Labour Resistance in Vietnam (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). This research was funded by Griffith University Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme.
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Tu Phuong Nguyen; Unfulfilled Justice: Law and Morality in the Resolution of Workers’ Protests at Texwell Vina in Vietnam. Journal of Vietnamese Studies 1 May 2021; 16 (2): 30–59. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/vs.2021.16.2.30
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