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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Strong exchange and cooperation among Asian chemical unions 2016-09-15 [IndustriALL]
Tell PepsiCo to stop violating trade union rights in Pakistan! 2016-09-08 [IUF]
Electric power unions in Asia strengthen ties 2016-09-03 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Afghanistan

In Afghanistan’s Farm Belt, Women Lead Unions and Find New Status 2016-09-07 [NY Times]
Investigate abuse of journalists: HRW call 2016-09-03 [Human Rights Watch]
Trade unions and the status of labour 2016-08-28 [AAN ]


Armenia

Defending Armenia’s Workers – Is Class Struggle on the Agenda? 2016-09-11 [hetq]
Excessive police force against journalists covering demonstrations 2016-08-03 [IFJ]
Press conference entitled: labor law, trade unions, the legislation problems 2016-05-05 [ANA]


Azerbaijan

EFJ/IFJ denounce “politically motivated” dismissal 2016-09-26 [EFJ]
Break the silence on oil workers’ deaths 2016-08-06 [People and Nature]
Journalist Khadija Ismayilova released on probation 2016-05-31 [IFJ]


Australia

Unions talk of strike-breaking disturbing: public sector commissioner 2016-09-26 [The Australian]
'Please sir, can I have a job?': Protesters fight against changes to electrical apprenticeships 2016-09-26 [Yahoo]
Victoria McCains imports french fries workers as Ballarat dispute worsens 2016-09-21 [ABC]


Bangladesh

Indefinite strike of long-haul bus hits Sylhet 2016-09-22 [bdnews 24]
IUF Bangladesh affiliate rallies to demand justice for victims of factory fire disaster 2016-09-21 [IUF]
Transport workers on strike protesting fellow’s murder 2016-09-20 [The Tribune]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Sakura garment factory strike ends with negotiations 2016-09-26 [Myanmar Times]
Workers in Mandalay protest Arbitration Council reps 2016-09-19 [The Times]
Defying challenges, Myanmar’s workers win crucial labour rights 2016-09-13 [Equal Times]


Cambodia

Cambodia acknowledges the victims of forced marriages 2016-09-15 [Equal Times]
Cambodian garment unions unite on US$180 demand 2016-09-06 [IndustriALL]
Labour Minister seeks strike-free minimum wage talks 2016-09-02 [The Post]


China

Listening to the voice of China's workers 2016-09-12 [China Labour Bulletin]
Striking sanitation workers make demands heard in summer heat 2016-09-07 [China Labour Bulletin]
Labor Costs Slow Mill And Mine Closures 2016-09-07 [RFA]


Hong Kong

Construction workers can now cool off in new uniforms 2016-09-12 [SCMP]
Maid says boss sacked her over pregnancy, seeks HK$500,000 2016-09-12 [Ejinsight]
HKCTU-aligned Labour Party takes a beating in elections 2016-09-06 [RTHK]


India

Rajasthan Honda workers' hunger strike enters 7th day 2016-09-26 [TOI]
Telangana Telangana rains: Over 35,000 jobs lost 2016-09-26 [TOI]
Maharashtra Sun Pharma medical representatives to go on strike 2016-09-26 [BL]


Indonesia

ConocoPhilips Employees Plan Strike, Oppose Medco Acquisition 2016-09-20 [Tempo]
Workers urge court to annul Tax Amnesty Law 2016-09-01 [The Post]
Abused Indonesian Migrant Worker Returns Home from Iraq 2016-08-25 [TEMPO]


Japan

Record number of illegal labor practices found among employers using foreign trainees 2016-08-27 [Japan Press Weekly]
Temporary teachers hold national meeting 2016-08-27 [Japan Press Weekly]
Sex trade a shaky safety net for Japan’s working-poor women 2016-08-27 [Japan Times]


Kazakhstan

Trial Of Kazakh Journalists' Union Chief Starts In Astana 2016-08-25 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Ill Health Adjourns Trial Of Kazakh Journalists' Union Chief 2016-08-25 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Oil Industry Workers Go On Strike Over Pay Cuts 2016-08-01 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Korea

Hyundai Motor union stages first full strike in 12 years 2016-09-26 [Reuters]
International delegation visits Korea over union persecution 2016-09-26 [PSI]
Seoul Metro Unions to Strike Tuesday 2016-09-23 [KBS]


Kyrgyzstan

Organizing leads to massive increase of the union membership in Kyrgyzstan 2016-09-21 [IndustriALL]
Fire Kills Migrant Workers in Russia 2016-09-01 [Solidarity Center]
The struggle for decent work in the garment sector 2016-07-20 [Equal Times]


Laos

Feeling Pain of Rising Prices, Stagnant Wages 2016-08-25 [Radio Free Asia]
Police Publicly Confirm Arrest of Trio of Workers For Criticizing State 2016-05-30 [Radio Free Asia]
Teachers Go Unpaid in Southern Lao Province 2015-05-13 [Radio Free Asia]


Malaysia

Union rages as Eaglexpress licence renewed, despite salary issues 2016-09-01 [MalaysiaKini]
Sarawak not ‘stupid’ to compromise worker quality for local interest, deputy CM tells critics 2016-08-22 [The Mail]
Malaysia’s slides towards authoritarianism 2016-08-11 [Equal Times]


Maldives

Maldivian journalists arrested for protesting against media crackdown 2016-04-06 [IFJ]
Maldives govt proposes law to criminalize defamation 2016-04-06 [IFJ]
Protesting journalists arrested 2016-04-03 [Sun Online]


Mongolia

Teacher unions push government to boost investment in education 2016-05-20 [Education International]
Winners and losers in Mongolia's mining gold rush 2016-04-29 [SCMP]
Why did Mongolian union leader set himself alight? 2015-12-09 [Open Democracy]


Nepal

25 per cent salary hike for postal service staff 2016-09-23 [The Himalayan Times]
Lack of laws begets abuse for Nepal's working women 2016-09-07 [Kathmandu Post]
Nepali workers in Saudi appeals Gefont support group for help 2016-08-31 [GEFONT]


Pakistan

LHWs stage demo in Nankana 2016-09-22 [The News]
WWB employees protest nonpayment of salary 2016-09-22 [Dawn]
Young doctors threaten to boycott duty 2016-09-22 [Dawn]


Philippines

Workers’ rights trampled by Japanese electronics and auto supplier 2016-09-26 [IndustriALL]
Union leader slain in Quezon City 2016-09-24 [Inquirer]
SENTRO union organizer assassinated in the Philippines 2016-09-21 [IUF]


Singapore

National Transport Workers' Union submits appeal against dismissal of two SMRT staff 2016-09-20 [The Straits Times]
Two SMRT workers to appeal against firing 2016-09-19 [HRM]
Nine in 10 construction deaths due to workers overlooking safety: Manpower Minister 2016-08-24 [Straits Times]


Sri Lanka

Govt points finger at JVP for on-going Labour Dept. strike 2016-09-22 [The Island]
Breakthrough for Ansell workers in Sri Lanka 2016-08-18 [IndustriALL]
University non-academic staff strike called off 2016-08-09 [The Daily News]


Taiwan

‘Typhoon days’ ill-defined: unions 2016-09-21 [The Times]
Taipower workers protest energy liberalization plan 2016-09-20 [The Times]
Railway workers stage overnight sit-in at station 2016-09-16 [The Post]


Tajikistan

Teachers trained on trade unionism and Sustainable Development Goals 2016-06-17 [Education International]
Workers unhappy that Iranian company in Tajikstan owes 6 months pay 2016-05-18 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Lawmakers in Tajikstan concerned by deadly brawl between Moscow cemetery workers 2016-05-18 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Thailand

Promises Unmet for Workers in Thai Shrimp Industry 2016-09-26 [Irrawaddy]
Thai court finds British Labour activist guilty of defamation 2016-09-22 [New York Times]
ETI expresses serious concerns over activist Andy Hall's ‘defamation’ verdict by Thai court 2016-09-21 [ETI]


Tibet

Over 100 Tibetan Teachers Stage Protest March After Demands Ignored 2014-05-09 [Radio Free Asia]
Machine guns fired on mine protesters 2013-10-22 [Truthloader]
83 workers buried in Tibet landslide 2013-03-30 [The Hindu]


Turkey

155 Turkish textile workers are victimized by Inditex (Zara) 2016-09-14 [Bagimsiz-sen]
Accusation of theft to the worker who changed his union 2016-09-07 [Bagimsiz-sen]
8000 security personnel sacked for alleged involvement in coup attempt 2016-09-03 [Middle East Eye]


Turkmenistan

International Workers, Employers, Governments Call on Turkmenistan to End Forced Labour 2016-06-15 [Union Rights' Defence Centre]
IS EU SUPPORT PROPPING UP ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST ANTI-DEMOCRATIC REGIMES? 2015-08-10 [Equal Times]


Uzbekistan

Samarkand Street Sweepers Strike Back 2016-08-11 [RFE]
Coalition to World Bank: Hold Uzbekistan Accountable 2016-08-01 [Solidarity Center]
Forced Labor Linked to World Bank Loan 2016-07-09 [Solidarity Center]


Vietnam

Vietnam’s Lady Gaga and the slow political awakening 2016-09-20 [Equal Times]
1000 Vietnamese workers strike over South Korean company docking their wages 2016-09-02 [CTV Viet]
Ho Chi Minh City party chief encourages labor unions to stage strikes 2016-08-23 [Tuoi Tre News]
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