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Labour news from Asia


Asia

People's movements reject RCEP - Call for parliamentary scrutiny of mega trade deal 2018-07-20 [PSI]
Rise of robots fuels slavery threat for Asian factory workers - analysts 2018-07-16 [Thomson Reuters]
Building power to make a difference 2018-07-05 [IndustriALL]


Afghanistan

Afghan media’s “deadliest day” exposes the resolve, resilience and vulnerability its journalists 2018-05-21 [Equal Times]
Government Must Cease Anti-Union Campaign 2018-05-17 [ITUC]
Ten journalists killed in a single day, after gunmen shot dead BBC reporter 2018-05-01 [IFJ]


Armenia

Unions gather for a regional meeting in Armenia 2017-10-05 [IndustriALL]
Unionists underpin role of education in teaching human rights and values 2017-04-08 [Education International ]
Defending Armenia’s Workers – Is Class Struggle on the Agenda? 2016-09-11 [hetq]


Azerbaijan

Representatives of KazTransOil fly to Batumi to negotiate with workers on strike 2018-04-04 [MENAFN]
RFE/RL Takes Azerbaijani Case To ECHR 2017-09-19 [RFE]
IFJ/EFJ welcome release of Mehman Aliyev and Alexander Lapshin 2017-09-13 [IFJ]


Australia

Unions look at free membership to attract young workers 2018-07-22 [The Australian]
'This is the moment': new ACTU president Michele O'Neil is ready to win change 2018-07-22 [The Guardian]
Esso renews threat to terminate Bass Strait deal with unions 2018-07-22 [The Financial Review]


Bangladesh

Bangladesh Accord arbitration cases - resulting in millions-of-dollars in settlements - officially closed 2018-07-18 [IndustriALL]
Invest more in female garment workers 2018-07-09 [The Daily Star]
PM’s road-safety directives yet to take effect 2018-07-09 [The New Age]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Workers disgruntled over garment factory shutdown 2018-07-02 [Eleven]
South Korean factory fined K3 million for defying order 2018-05-10 [The Times]
Garment worker health and safety guidelines launched 2018-04-30 [The Times]


Cambodia

You Li employees return to factory floors 2018-07-20 [The Times]
Behind Cambodia’s electoral silence 2018-07-19 [Equal Times]
Charges dropped against labour and human rights activist Tola Moeun 2018-07-13 [BWI]


China

Chinese Workers Strike against Runaway Factories 2018-07-21 [Labour Notes]
Why protests by China’s truck drivers could put the brakes on the economy 2018-06-25 [The South China Morning Post]
Tech Workers Endure Slave-like Conditions in Shenzhen 2018-06-25 [The News Lens]


Hong Kong

Ming Pao Staff Assoc. decry results of internal police investigation after reporter ‘assaulted’ during 2016 unrest 2018-07-04 [The Free Press]
The domestic worker who moonlights as a migrants’ rights protest photographer 2018-06-15 [The Free Press]
Bus driver unionists warn of escalating action as Hong Kong commuters remain unfazed by 5,000-strong work-to-rule protest 2018-05-25 [The South China Morning Post]


India

Haryana Mazdoor Sangarsh Rally Held in Gurgaon 2018-07-22 [GroundXero]
Kerala Women’s Rights in Kerala: Showroom Slaves 2018-07-22 [India Legal]
Uttar Pradesh Sanitation workers threaten strike if demands not met soon 2018-07-22 [The Times]


Indonesia

Pertamina Workers Union Demands Six Things in Today`s Rally 2018-07-20 [Tempo]
Garuda Indonesia Workers Cancel Planned Strike 2018-07-07 [The Globe]
Garuda reaches agreement with unions, ending threat of planned strike 2018-07-06 [The Post]


Japan

Educators in the EU and Japan demand education be left out of trade agreement 2018-07-18 [Education International]
Can a new legal framework for worker coops address growing inequality in Japan? 2018-07-05 [Equal Times]
Two Japan Supreme Court cases clarify when discrimination against fixed-term workers is OK 2018-06-24 [The Times]


Kazakhstan

Migrant Workers & Children Exploited in Kazakhstan 2018-07-19 [Solidarity Center]
Migrant workers and their children exploited 2018-07-12 [BWI]
Migrant workers and their children exploited 2018-07-05 [BWI]


Korea

Ex-labor minister arraigned in alleged anti-labor union scheme 2018-07-04 [Korea Herald]
Labor unions on strike amid economic crisis 2018-07-03 [Dong-A Ilbo]
Prosecutors raid police intelligence office in probe of Samsung’s anti-union scheme 2018-06-27 [Korea Herald]


Kyrgyzstan

370 Kyrgyz miners reinstated after mass layoffs 2018-01-17 [IndustriALL]
Full Gold Mining fired 370 Kyrgyz workers after they refused new contracts that included a 30 percent salary cut 2018-01-10 [The Diplomat]
Trade unions vow to protect labour rights ahead of Sunday’s elections 2017-10-13 [Equal Times]


Laos

Liquid Labourscape: Ad Hoc Experimentation in a Chinese Special Economic Zone in Laos 2017-11-24 [Chinoiresie]
Three Lao Workers Jailed For Criticizing Government Online Still Held After More Than a Year 2017-03-09 [RFA]
Salary Delays Slow Government Work in Laos 2017-01-07 [RFA]


Malaysia

What does Malaysia’s surprising democratic transition mean for the rest of the region? 2018-07-17 [Equal Times]
Raids on migrant workers to resume 2018-07-06 [BWI]
A need for comprehensive labour reform 2018-06-10 [MalaysiaKini]


Maldives

Ruling party leader calls for shut down of Raajje TV 2018-02-06 [IFJ]
Police rough up, arrest journalists covering opposition rally 2017-07-28 [IFJ]
Maldives police summons liberal bloggers over unspecified charges 2017-06-05 [IFJ]


Mongolia

National monthly minimum wage to be raised by 25% 2017-01-09 [AKIpress]
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]


Nepal

Nepal to rescue 38 workers stranded in Saudi Arabia http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-07-22/nepal-to-rescue-38-workers-stranded-in-saudi-arabia. 2018-07-22 [The kathmandu post]
Minimum monthly wage revision riles industrial workers 2018-07-14 [The Himalayan Times]
Trade unions call for revision in minimum wage 2018-07-13 [The Times]


Pakistan

Call to ensure women workers’ rights in next govt 2018-07-21 [LabourWatch]
Union questions PIA affairs handling 2018-07-21 [LabourWatch]
Power workers observe ‘Safety Day’ 2018-07-21 [Dawn]


Philippines

Labor expectation in Sona: Hope 2018-07-22 [The Inquirer]
Broadcaster gunned down in brutal attack 2018-07-20 [IFJ]
Labor rights issues intensified under two years of Duterte 2018-07-15 [Bulatlat]


Singapore

Veteran union leader Arasu Duraisamy put forward as NMP candidate 2018-06-30 [Today]
NTUC nominates Singapore Port Workers’ Union general secretary as next NMP 2018-06-29 [Channel News Asia]
Labour movement seeks opinions on parliamentary debate in yet another internal survey leaked by whistleblower 2018-05-27 [The Independent]


Sri Lanka

Railways workers to strike from midnight Sunday 2018-07-22 [The Colombo Page]
Railway technical workers to commence a work to rule at midnight 2018-07-22 [Adarana]
July warming up for strike action 2018-07-15 [The Sunday Times]


Taiwan

Civil servants have right to unionize, SDP says 2018-07-06 [The Times]
Migrant Workers Are Finding Their Voice 2018-06-28 [The Diplomat]
Labor groups hold rally outside AmCham offices 2018-06-24 [The Times]


Tajikistan

'Equal Rights Are Not For Us,' And Other Thoughts On Women's Day 2017-03-09 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
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]


Thailand

Migrant Workers in Thailand Win Justice for Abuse at Work 2018-07-18 [Solidarity Center]
Labour Abuses Persist in Fishing Fleets 2018-07-16 [Human Rights Watch]
Labour reps march against employee rights violations 2018-06-25 [The 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]


Turkey

Stop the attack on rights at Cargill Turkey - Reinstate #TheCargill14 now! 2018-07-19 [IUF]
Turkish court sentences Soma bosses up to 22 years in prison over deadliest mine disaster 2018-07-13 [IndustriALL]
18,000 Public Workers Are Fired in Emergency Decree 2018-07-09 [VOX]


Turkmenistan

Children Forced to Labor in Turkmenistan Cotton Fields 2018-02-02 [Solidarity Center]
Free Gaspar Matalaev 2017-12-10 [ATN]
International Workers, Employers, Governments Call on Turkmenistan to End Forced Labour 2016-06-15 [Union Rights' Defence Centre]


Uzbekistan

Uzbek Union Leader Released from Prison 2018-05-15 [Solidarity Center]
One Miner Killed, Others Trapped In Abandoned Uzbek Gold Mine 2018-01-19 [RFE/Rl]
Hundreds Fired From Uzbek Finance Ministry After President's Criticism 2017-12-28 [RFE/RL]


Vietnam

Most workers said income sufficient to cover living expenses: survey 2018-07-15 [Vietnam Net]
More than one worker in four barely make ends meet 2018-07-15 [Asian News]
Mass Protests Sweep Vietnam for the First Time in Decades 2018-06-24 [Truth Out]
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