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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Migrant workers body concerned at exclusion from Thai labor task force 2015-05-26 [Undercurrent News]
Trans-Pacific Partnership won't improve workers' rights in Asia, critics warn 2015-05-23 [Guardian]
Fair Trade for the Global Garment Industry 2015-05-23 [NY Times]


Afghanistan

What’s the future for women’s rights in Afghanistan? 2015-04-15 [Equal Times]
What’s the future for women’s rights in Afghanistan? 2015-04-14 [Equal Times]
AFGHAN REFUGEES FORCED OUT OF PAKISTAN 2015-03-04 [Equal Times]


Armenia

Nairit Saga: PM promises chemical plant workers’ back wages will be paid by yearend 2015-05-22 [Armenia Now]
Rubber workers still protest over unpaid wages 2015-05-21 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Debts to Nairit workers to be repaid later this year – Armenian prime minister 2015-05-21 [Arka]


Azerbaijan

IFJ / EFJ call the Azeri President for release of seven jailed journalists 2015-05-22 [IFJ]
Hidden Journalist Refugee at Swiss Embassy in Azerbaijan 2015-02-14 [IFJ]
Executive Committee of General Confederation of Trade Unions convenes in Baku 2014-10-23 [News.Az]


Australia

'Open Skies' is declaration of war on Australian aviation industry 2015-05-27 [TWU]
Unions will work with business over unfair cuts to paid parental leave 2015-05-27 [ACTU]
More strikes on the cards as anger grows, says CPSU 2015-05-27 [CPSU]


Bangladesh

Transport strike called off for now in Rajshahi Division 2015-05-25 [BD News 24]
Transport owners, workers in Rajshahi Division join strike called by their Khulna counterparts 2015-05-24 [BD News 24]
Accord marks second anniversary. Garment industry in Bangladesh on the way to become safe 2015-05-23 [UNI Global Union]


Bhutan

Ministry of labour resolves dispute 2010-07-23 [Kuensel]


Brunei


Burma

First hotel workers' conference in Myanmar calls for union recognition and respect 2015-05-22 [IUF]
ITF throws support behind genuine union for Burmese seafarers 2015-05-15 [MUA]
Military court acquits journalist killers in secret decision 2015-05-13 [IFJ]


Cambodia

Military Police Open Fire at Poipet City Demonstration 2015-05-26 [The Daily]
Phnom Penh Govt Set to Further Weaken Labour Rights and Export Workers to Qatar 2015-05-22 [ITUC]
ILO’s statement on the death of Cambodian workers in a road accident 2015-05-21 [ILO]


China

Bike Light Strikers Occupy Factory, Face Firings and Arrests 2015-05-26 [Labor Notes]
Factory Workers Are Becoming More Restive 2015-05-25 [The Epoch Times]
Factory Workers Are Becoming More Restive As Hong Kong Union Activists Back Campaigns 2015-05-23 [Yale Global Online]


Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific's troubles could widen as ground staff look to follow cabin crew in taking industrial action 2015-05-26 [South China Morning Post]
Summer walkout by Cathay Pacific flight attendants threatens to go global with support of Global union federation 2015-05-24 [SCMP]
Civil Service unions vet pay trend survey 2015-05-24 [RTHK]


India

Goa Workers’ union serves 21-day strike notice to CCP 2015-05-26 [The Times]
11 central trade unions to go on nationwide strike on September 2 2015-05-26 [The Economic Times]
Tamil Nadu Tank operators, workers stage protest 2015-05-26 [The Hindu]


Indonesia

Indonesian embassy calls for immediate release of 16 casino workers detained in Cambodia 2015-05-26 [Phnom Penh Post]
Workers protest against dismissals at Holcim Indonesia 2015-05-19 [IndustriALL Global Union]
16 Indonesian casino workers detained in Cambodia 2015-05-19 [Phnom Penh Post]


Japan

Much-needed probe into overwork 2015-05-11 [Japan Times]
IES sued over failure to enroll in shakai hoken 2015-05-08 [General Union]
Court victory against gov't over insurance to have major impact 2015-05-08 [General Union]


Kazakhstan

1st Congress of the Building Complex and Housing-Communal Services Workers 2015-04-24 [BWI]
ArcelorMittal Temirtau employees to receive full salary 2015-02-11 [Tengri News]
Labour conflicts, trade union and new legislation 2015-01-17 [The Times of Central Asia]


Korea

Hyundai Motor affiliates threaten strike 2015-04-20 [The Times]
Labor opposition hinders Samsung-Hanwha deal 2015-04-03 [The Times]
Court rules in favour of Hyundai Motor in wage dispute 2015-01-16 [Yahoo]


Kyrgyzstan

Chinese oil company recognizes union 2015-04-28 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Oil company from China refuses to recognize union 2015-04-03 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Kyrgyzstan: where informality is a lifestyle 2014-11-04 [Equal Times]


Laos

Teachers Go Unpaid in Southern Lao Province 2015-05-13 [Radio Free Asia]
Country Should Address Human Rights Issues, Says Group 2015-01-20 [Phuketwan]
Gvt s Freezes Salary Increase For 150,000-plus Civil Servants 2014-08-09 [Radio Free Asia]


Malaysia

MAS didn't talk to us, say unions 2015-05-26 [Asia One]
'We should not work alone!' declare Langkawi hotel housekeepers 2015-05-23 [IUF]
Court case against Zunar adjourned 2015-05-22 [IFJ]


Maldives

Resort Workers Sign Petition For US $600 Minimum Wage 2015-05-09 [Focus]
Half of Maldives resort workers sign petition for US$600 minimum wage 2015-05-08 [Minivan News]
Government threatens migrant workers with expulsion over planned protest 2015-04-09 [The Guardian]


Mongolia

IndustriALL mining conference in Ulan Bator focuses on workers' rights and sustainable development 2014-10-23 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Global unions converge in Mongolia in campaign for Rio Tinto workers’ rights 2014-10-21 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Landmark judgment against Rio Tinto in Mongolian court 2013-10-16 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Nepal

Labour costs soar as demand grows for their skills 2015-05-26 [Kantipur]
Qatar refuses to let Nepalese workers return to attend funerals after quake 2015-05-25 [Guardian]
Gefont share the peoples pain 18: Foods distributed to quake victims in Kerabari, Sindhupalchok 2015-05-22 [GEFONT]


Pakistan

Teachers protest 2015-05-26 [Labour Watch]
Union thanks Wapda chairman for one-month basic pay 2015-05-26 [Labour Watch]
Contractual FGH employees continue protest 2015-05-26 [Labour Watch]


Philippines

Justice for 72 workers killed in Kentex fire 2015-05-22 [Equal Times]
Kentyex inferno warrants Baldoz resignation 2015-05-22 [Kilusang Mayo Uno]
Fire in Philippines footwear factory kills 72 2015-05-21 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Singapore

Tower Transit has 'every intention' to recognise transport workers' union 2015-05-10 [Channel News Asia]
New labour chief gives Jurong Island workers a hand 2015-05-05 [Asia One]
Labour Day and Singapore’s history of hope 2015-05-02 [The Mail]


Sri Lanka

Health Unions To Continue Strike 2015-05-24 [The Leader]
FMM and SLWJA call for better working conditions for Sri Lanka’s journalists 2015-05-20 [IFJ]
Unions come together for major wage hike 2015-05-08 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Taiwan

S. Korean workers rally inside bank 2015-03-28 [Taipei Times]
Post office may end delivery to homes with hostile pets 2015-03-23 [The Times]
Migrant worker protest in Taipei for fairer wages 2015-03-15 [CNA]


Tajikistan

Female teachers threatened with death if they do not stop teaching: 3 detained 2015-04-22 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Employees Of Russian Base Protest Over Unpaid Wages 2015-04-17 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
RUSSIA’S CALLING FADES FOR TAJIK MIGRANTS 2014-12-29 [Equal Times]


Thailand

Humans for sale:: Thai trafficking networks buy migrants by the boatload 2015-05-23 [BBC]
Ministry gets tough with bosses on workplace safety 2015-04-26 [Bangkok Post]
Illegal Cambodian migrant workers, trying to evade Thai police, killed in truck accident 2015-04-22 [Phnom Penh Post]


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

Turkish women form trade union platform network 2015-05-26 [industri all]
Ford Motor's Turkish unit halts output as labour dispute resumes 2015-05-26 [Reuters]
NGO helps mothers return to work 2015-05-26 [Al-Monitor]


Turkmenistan


Uzbekistan

Tashkent Lambasted Over Cotton Harvesting 2015-04-15 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Govt deports labour rights consultant 2015-03-26 [Solidarity Center]
Govt Expels International Labor Rights Consultant 2015-03-26 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Vietnam

Government asks legislature to amend insurance law for workers’ sake 2015-05-24 [Tuoi Tre]
National assembly urged to admit fault in social insurance restriction 2015-05-24 [Tuoi Tre]
sex workers haunted by specter of violence, HIV 2015-05-24 [Thanh Nien News]
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