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A strike? In a workers' paradise?
From today's Kansas City Star:

Vietnamese workers return to work after strike at factory for McDonald's toys
Nearly 10,000 workers who make toys for McDonald's Happy Meals returned to work today after staging a two-day strike at a factory in central Vietnam to protest alleged unfair and abusive labor practices, officials said.
The strike, which ended after a settlement was reached Thursday, involved about 9,300 laborers, mostly young women, said Phan Viet Thong, chairman of the Danang City Federation of Labor. The workers walked off the job Wednesday and gathered outside the Hong Kong-owned factory, Keyhinge Toys Vietnam Co. Ltd., Thong said.
The employees claimed they had been treated badly. They alleged supervisors routinely humiliated and cursed at them, and that factory bosses refused to pass on their complaints to company leaders, said a man from Danang City Industrial Zone Management Board who gave his name only as Dong.
The strike was widely reported in Vietnam's state-controlled media, which said the workers alleged that they were forced to work 12-hour days with no overtime and were allowed only 45 minutes for lunch. They also complained that their wages were cut if they visited the restroom more than twice a day or if a visit to the doctor took longer than two hours.
The company has agreed to give the workers a 10 percent pay rise, limit their working hours to 10 hours daily, pay overtime, and give them Sunday off, said Thong, chairman of the city labor federation.
McDonald's spokeswoman Anna Rozenich would not comment on specific worker allegations but said “all the issues have been resolved, whatever they are.” The Danang facility produces only a portion of McDonald's Happy Meal toys, she said.