On the Shop Floor

  • Tu Phuong Nguyen
Part of the Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific book series (CSAP)


This chapter investigates the grievances and demands of workers interviewed in 2014 and 2015 who had been involved in strikes in six selected companies in Đông Nai Province, and includes an in-depth discussion of one company case study. In justifying their grievances concerning wages and working conditions, most workers provide an understanding of workplace relationships drawn from moral norms of subsistence and reciprocity, and call upon management and the state to uphold their moral obligations. The chapter argues that interviewed workers exhibit consciousness of their basic social rights, which are broader than but somehow overlap with legal rights granted in the Labour Code. The relationship between these rights in turn demonstrates the fluidity between values derived from law and other sets of norms in shaping workers’ views and expressions of justice.


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  • Tu Phuong Nguyen
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  1. 1.Centre for Governance and Public PolicyGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia

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