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Labour news from Asia


Asia

South Asian Workers in Qatar, the ‘Forgotten Victims’ in Gulf Crisis 2017-06-15 [The Wire]
SEAJU call for action to defend press freedom on WPFD 2017-05-05 [IFJ]
Workers across Asia mark May Day 2017-05-02 [canindia]


Afghanistan

Kabul attack: BBC workers among victims in Afghanistan suicide bombing 2017-05-31 [The Independent]
This Kabul restaurant boosts the dreams of Afghan women 2017-03-18 [PRI]
Group Says Last Year Deadliest For Journalists On Record 2017-01-20 [RFE/RL]


Armenia

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]
Excessive police force against journalists covering demonstrations 2016-08-03 [IFJ]


Azerbaijan

18 worker deaths a year - oil company SOCAR lambasted over safety record 2016-12-21 [Hazardex]
9 Azerbaijani Oil Workers Still Missing In Caspian Sea 2016-12-19 [VoA]
Oil Platform Collapse Leaves One Dead, Nine Missing In Caspian Sea 2016-12-19 [RFERL]


Australia

Victoria Setka says his rally has been deliberately taken out of context and exploited by the Liberals who only want to attack workers’ rights. 2017-06-25 [CFMEU Victoria ]
Victoria Building manager arrested, charged over threats to 'attack' female union organiser 2017-06-25 [Fairfax Media]
Victoria CFMEU boss John Setka apologises for 'thuggish' outburst about ABCC inspectors 2017-06-25 [ABC]


Bangladesh

Social security for 3.7m construction workers: Mujibul Haque 2017-06-25 [The Financial Express]
Align labour union laws with ILO conventions 2017-06-18 [The Star]
4 years on Bangladesh Accord making history for supply chain workers 2017-06-16 [UNI Global Union]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Minimum wage war 2017-06-21 [The Times]
Workers abandon Kachin mines due to military threat 2017-06-13 [DVB]
Journalists launch solidarity protest as bail denied to editor and satirist 2017-06-10 [Radio Free Asia]


Cambodia

Female workers in Nike, Asics and Puma factories suffer mass faintings 2017-06-25 [The Guardian]
Join the fight for a living wage in Cambodia 2017-06-15 [APHEDA]
Southland Factory Reinstates Workers Suspended Over Election Strike 2017-06-14 [VoA]


China

Still no response from Ivanka about Chinese factory supplying her brand 2017-06-21 [China Labor Watch]
Ivanka Trump shoes slated for production at China factory despite brand's denial 2017-06-21 [Guardian ]
Workers are Saying Goodbye to Double-Digit Pay Raises 2017-06-20 [Bloomberg]


Hong Kong

Gvt working hours plan slammed in Legislative Council 2017-06-21 [SCMP]
Gvt admits overtime pay proposal far from meeting union demands 2017-06-19 [HK Free Press]
Low-paid workers to get contracts guaranteeing overtime pay 2017-06-17 [The South China Morning Post]


India

Delhi Trash piles up as EDMC workers continue strike on second day 2017-06-25 [DNA]
Punjab Layoffs by Hero Cycles spark protest, workers to gherao owners’ house 2017-06-25 [The Times]
Maharashtra Sanitation workers clean our cities, but they are denied even minimum wage 2017-06-25 [City Today]


Indonesia

Australian unions take up ICTSI dockworkers case with Indonesian Minister 2017-06-21 [ITF Global Union]
Papuan DPR Asks Freeport Management to Suspend Workers Recruitment 2017-06-21 [Netral]
Unions in Australia take up ICTSI dockworkers case with Indonesian Minister 2017-06-21 [Hellenic News Service]


Japan

One woman’s suicide shines a harsh light on the plight of Japan’s doctors 2017-06-25 [The Times]
Plutonium found in urine of 5 workers exposed to radiation 2017-06-20 [Kyodo News]
Impoverished students march for ¥1,500 minimum wage 2017-06-18 [Japan Times]


Kazakhstan

Global Unions, Key Governments Call for Release of Detained Workers and Legal Reform ActNOW! 2017-06-14 [HRW]
Not all that glitters in Kazakhstan is gold ActNOW! 2017-06-13 [EurasiaNet]
Trade unions at ArcelorMittal strengthen their position 2017-06-02 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Korea

Hyundai Motor union blasted for excessive demands 2017-05-03 [The Times]
More workers plan to work during holidays in early May 2017-04-21 [koreaherald]
Real annual wage drops W4.1 mil. during 10 years 2017-04-21 [koreatimes]


Kyrgyzstan

Miners in Kyrgyzstan demand wage arrears 2017-06-08 [IndustriALL]
Kyrgyz labor migrants support national economy, lack equal rights in Russia 2017-03-25 [timesca]
First meeting of textile workers union 2016-09-28 [Just Style]


Laos

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]
Feeling Pain of Rising Prices, Stagnant Wages 2016-08-25 [Radio Free Asia]


Malaysia

MTUC proposes 13 reforms to achieve socio-economic justice 2017-04-30 [Kini]
Retrenchment fund focus of May Day rally by 15 NGOs, PSM 2017-04-20 [freemalaysiatoday]
Level of health among Malaysian employees worrying 2017-04-17 [theborneopost]


Maldives

Maldives police summons liberal bloggers over unspecified charges 2017-06-05 [IFJ]
Maldivian journalists arrested for protesting against media crackdown 2016-04-06 [IFJ]
Maldives govt proposes law to criminalize defamation 2016-04-06 [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

Nepali workers falling prey to deceptive recruitment agents, shows AI report 2017-06-25 [The Himalayan Times]
Four-point deal with temporary teachers 2017-06-25 [myrepublica.com]
Temporary teachers stage sit-in outside PM's residence 2017-06-23 [The Kathmandu Post]


Pakistan

Sacked district council employees protest 2017-06-25 [The Daily Times]
Death of a sanitary worker 2017-06-25 [LabourWatch]
Working class to observe Eid with simplicity 2017-06-25 [The Nation]


Philippines

1,000 BPO workers protest over alleged re-deployment Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2017/06/21/1000-bpo-workers-protest-over-alleged-re-deployment-548814 Follow us: @sunstaronline on Twitter | SunStar Philippines on Facebook 2017-06-22 [www.sunstar.com]
DoLE needs 36 labor compliance officers 2017-06-21 [The Times]
As Fighting Continues Unions and Mass Movements Warn of 'Open Fascist Rule' 2017-06-19 [teleSUR]


Singapore

Tharman receives NTUC's highest May Day honour 2017-05-13 [The Straits Times]
Better insurance coverage for foreign domestic workers from October 2017-05-07 [Channel News Asia]
Workers need to know where jobs are: Union leaders 2017-05-02 [Today]


Sri Lanka

70th Anniversary remembering the first general strike 2017-06-24 [The Daily Mirror]
Postal workers likely to end strike today 2017-06-14 [News First]
Delivery of 300 thousand items on hold, due to postal union strike 2017-06-13 [Hiru]


Taiwan

Unions protest ‘exploitative’ rules in Taipei 2017-06-24 [The Times]
Taiwan: More foreign interns wanted 2017-04-21 [chinapost]
Taiwan grants paid leaves to OFWs, migrant workers 2017-04-20 [ABS-CBN]


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 should not be criminalised for reporting abuse’ – watchdog 2017-06-13 [Asian Correspondent]
Burmese migrants charged with defamation after alleging labour abuses in Thailand’s multimillion-pound poultry export industry 2017-06-07 [The Guardian]
No rest for labour rights on International Workers’ Day 2017-05-05 [prachatai]


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

DIAM sacks 80 Turkish union members by text message 2017-06-22 [IndustriALL]
AKG Thermotechnik fires union leaders in Turkey 2017-06-15 [IndustriALL]
In support of our colleagues in Turkey 2017-06-13 [IFJ]


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

Falsely convicted union activist dies in prison 2017-06-25 [Solidarity Center]
Cotton Sector Antislavery Activist Held In Mental Institution 2017-03-22 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Human trafficking activist Urlaeva held in psychiatric ward 2017-03-22 [RFE/RL]


Vietnam

#Land disputes in #Vietnam: the #SocialNetworks mobilise 2017-06-12 [equal times]
Labor exporters suspend sending Viet construction and domestic workers to Qatar 2017-06-10 [Nikkei ]
ASEAN labor officials prepare action on Vientiane declaration 2017-04-21 [JP]
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