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Labour news from Asia


Asia

The Rohingya are losing hope 2016-06-27 [Equal Times]
Migrant domestic workers left out of policy 2016-06-25 [East Asia Forum]
Supply Chain Countries - the Philippines, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Malaysia - Under ILO Spotlight 2016-06-16 [ITUC]


Afghanistan

Afghan government vows to press on with controversial power project 2016-06-08 [Equal Times]
One year after the lynching of Farkhunda, has anything changed for Afghan women? 2016-04-12 [Equal Times]
Afghan journalists continue to fight for media freedom despite terror attack 2016-02-03 [Equal Times]


Armenia

Press conference entitled: labor law, trade unions, the legislation problems 2016-05-05 [ANA]
IFJ and EFJ ask for a full investigation into attacks on media workers by Police at a demonstration in Armenia 2015-06-27 [IFJ]
Workers at Narit Plant not paid salaries 2015-06-25 [Armen Press]


Azerbaijan

Journalist Khadija Ismayilova released on probation 2016-05-31 [IFJ]
Rights Activist Leyla Yunus Freed From Jail In Azerbaijan 2015-12-10 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Two Azerbaijani oil workers released from hospital 2015-12-09 [Trend]


Australia

Western Australia CFMEU public interest role praised as court finds against Rio Tinto 2016-06-27 [Hall Payne]
Western Australia Australian Workers Union closes $1 million support fund for families of dead and injured mine workers 2016-06-27 [ABC]
Western Australia Baker gets job back after Fair Work ruling reverses sacking 2016-06-27 [West Australian]


Bangladesh

Transport workers postpone strike 2016-06-22 [The Tribune]
Workers' strike disrupts Saydabad bus services 2016-06-21 [The Tribune]
Bangladesh Laundry Workers Strike, Win Wage Boost 2016-06-15 [Solidarity Center]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi to Sign Pact to Allow Myanmar Workers Smoother Access to Jobs in Thailand 2016-06-24 [Radio Free Asia]
Union organisation calls for ILO to open country office 2016-06-20 [mizzima]
In an unregulated industry, domestic workers fall prey to human traffickers 2016-06-09 [The Hindu]


Cambodia

Slave Labor Victim Speaks Out 2016-06-23 [Khmer Times]
Child Labor Dropping in the Kingdom 2016-06-23 [Khmer Times]
Municipal Gardeners Go on Strike 2016-06-23 [The Cambodia Daily]


China

Shenzhen labour activists and trade union help workers secure compensation 2016-06-24 [China Labour Bulletin]
Shanghai Disneyland pays workers a third of Hong Kong Disneyland wages, staff say 2016-06-23 [HK Free Press]
Amidst Shanghai Disneyland opening, Disney toy workers protest unfair treatment 2016-06-20 [Open Democracy]


Hong Kong

Snakes alive: Hong Kong census workers to be protected against snake or dog bites 2016-06-24 [SCMP]
Second firefighter dies in hospital as storage unit fire rages into fourth day 2016-06-24 [HK Free Press]
Hundreds of lifeguards to strike on Sunday 2016-06-24 [RTHK]


India

Govt. staff to go on strike from July 11 2016-06-26 [The Hindu]
Device to reduce ‘Load On The Spine’: Workers, fasten your belt to reduce pain 2016-06-26 [Indian Express]
Delhi Labour Ministry slows down on labour reforms push 2016-06-26 [Financial Express]


Indonesia

From contract to permanent employment – fighting for workers in the supply chain 2016-06-23 [IndustriALL]
RSIP workers strike to reject acquisition 2016-06-18 [Jakarta Post]
Pepsi Linked to Child Labor and Worker Exploitation 2016-06-17 [Alternet]


Japan

‘Same work, same pay’ goal may spark a race to the bottom 2016-06-26 [Japan Times]
Shipyard sub-contract workers win unfair dismissal court decision 2016-06-18 [Japan Press Weekly]
Contingent workers at Tohuku University fighting back against dismissal plan 2016-06-18 [Japan Press Weekly]


Kazakhstan

Government Slammed Over Treatment of Workers 2016-06-09 [HRW]
Charges against Journalist Union chief reduced 2016-05-31 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
ArcelorMittal debts lead to unpaid wages 2016-03-22 [IndustriALL]


Korea

Protest now over Korean union leader sentence 2016-06-22 [ITF]
Samsung Heavy Industries to shed workforce up to 40% 2016-06-16 [Pulse]
The long fight for justice for South Korea’s deadly steriliser victims 2016-06-07 [Equal Times]


Kyrgyzstan

Court recognizes illegal dismissal of union leader in Kyrgyzstan 2016-03-11 [IndustriALL]
Victory for striking gold miners 2016-01-27 [IndustriALL]
Briton deported after triggering gold mine workers strike after comparing local delicacy to horse penis 2016-01-05 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Laos

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]
Country Should Address Human Rights Issues, Says Group 2015-01-20 [Phuketwan]


Malaysia

Malaysia becoming death camp for migrant workers 2016-06-24 [FMT]
129,000 trapped in slavery in Malaysia, study finds 2016-05-31 [The Star]
MTUC: No need for lower EPF contributions by employees 2016-05-22 [The Post]


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

Gefont support group appeal to rescue 20 Nepali workers in Qatar 2016-06-21 [GEFONT]
GSG Kuwait has commence campaign to support Nepal Government Dharahara campaign 2016-06-21 [GEFONT]
Gefont support group Malaysia joint gathering concludes 2016-06-10 [GEFONT]


Pakistan

Music and the deadly struggle against extremism in Pakistan 2016-06-23 [Equal Times]
Powerloom bodies protest loadshedding 2016-06-13 [Dawn]
Wapda workers union rejects 10pc raise 2016-06-13 [LabourWatch]


Philippines

Brave rights struggle continues at Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club 2016-06-22 [IUF]
RSF condemns Phillipines president-elects comments about journalists 2016-06-02 [Asia-Pacific Report]
A strong, independent labor movement could lead the struggle for democracy and justice 2016-05-29 [The Jacobin]


Singapore

Asia Pacific young workers get connected 2016-06-09 [ITF]
Bus operator Tower Transit announces pay raise of 3.5 per cent for its staff 2016-05-17 [ST]
'Gangsters' showing unwanted migrant workers the door in Singapore 2016-05-13 [ABC]


Sri Lanka

Postal strike called off 2016-06-17 [The Daily News]
Postal strike begins tonight 2016-06-12 [Hiru]
Trade Union Action Adding To CEB Woes 2016-04-24 [Sunday Leader]


Taiwan

CAL union urges concessions, threatens strike 2016-06-26 [The Times]
CAL union asks for same treatment for ground workers as flight crew 2016-06-25 [Focus]
Spokeswoman seen as the driving force behind successful strike action 2016-06-25 [The Times]


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

Trial of migrant workers' rights activist Andy Hall to begin this week 2016-05-18 [undercurrent news]
Again - Raise minimum wage because of piling workers' debts - University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (!) 2016-04-29 [Bangkok Post]
Ending slavery in Thailand needs local solution and unions, activists say 2016-04-28 [NY Times]


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

ETUC calls on Council to end EU-Turkey agreement 2016-06-24 [ETUC]
Strike at Nestlé 2016-06-23 [Bianet]
Nearly 900 Nestle workers go on strike in Turkey 2016-06-22 [Daily News]


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

Uzbek Government forcibly detained human rights defender Elena Urlaeva in a hospital for more than a month 2016-06-15 [Union Rights' Defence Centre]
State-led forced labour in the cotton industry ActNOW! 2016-06-03 [Open Democracy]
Forced Cotton-Picking Earns Shameful Spot In ‘Slavery Index’ ActNOW! 2016-06-02 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Vietnam

Jobs for sale in Vietnam 2016-06-24 [Equal Times]
Firms need to improve meals for workers 2016-06-03 [The News]
Advancing trade unions in Vietnam 2016-05-19 [IndustriALL]
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