Riots break out at new Samsung factory before it even opens

Vietnamese police said on Friday they had launched an investigation into a riot at a multi-billion dollar Samsung factory that left 13 people injured, four critically. Violence broke out between security guards and local construction workers early on Thursday in northern Thai Nguyen province where the South Korean electronics giant is building a $3.2 billion high-tech complex.

We learned late last year that Samsung is planning to keep its operating margins high by slashing its labor costs by building a new $3.2 billion factory in Vietnam that will deliver even cheaper labor. However, it looks like the new factory is already experiencing problems before it even opens: Agence France-Presse, via NDTV, reports that a riot broke out at the new factory after guards started beating a construction worker who arrived late to the job.

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