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Labour news from Asia


Asia

ASEAN discusses decent work promotion 2017-04-21 [xinhuanet]
Asia leads the world on wage growth and even China's solid salary gains are not dulling its competitive edge 2017-04-21 [chinadaily]
Union action prevents potential repetition of Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh 2017-04-18 [IndustriALL]


Afghanistan

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]
Carpet weavers union says low wages forcing people out of the profession 2017-01-15 [TOLO News]


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

Western Australia New program launched that forecasts safety and risk levels 2017-04-28 [SafetyAtWorkBlog]
Sleaze, assault and even threats of rape are all on the menu for young women who work in hospitality – so why does no one stop it? 2017-04-27 [Fairfax Media]
Victoria Myrtleford Carter Holt Harvey timber mill workers enter second week of workplace lockout 2017-04-27 [Border Mail]


Bangladesh

Tea workers on strike 2017-04-26 [Daily Star]
Moulvibazar tea workers on indefinite strike, confine manager 2017-04-25 [The Daily Star]
Rana Plaza - tragic anniversary marks need for Accord work to continue 2017-04-24 [IndustriALL]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Inside the secret lives of women garment workers 2017-04-27 [mmtimes]
Bakery workers end one-month strike 2017-04-24 [IUF]
Myanmar worker compensated for loss of hand 2017-04-11 [mmtimes]


Cambodia

Brewery giant Carlsberg seeks to punish union for defending workers' rights 2017-04-27 [IUF]
Brewery giant Carlsberg seeks to punish union for defending workers' rights 2017-04-24 [IUF]
Cambrew accused of forcing out unionists 2017-04-24 [The Post]


China

Factory Workers Producing Ivanka Trump Clothing Are Reportedly Overworked & Underpaid 2017-04-27 [Refinery29]
Workers at Chinese factory producing Ivanka Trump clothing were underpaid, overworked 2017-04-26 [NYDaily news]
Collective Bargaining in China Is Dead: The SItuation Is Excellent 2017-04-24 [Chinoiresie]


Hong Kong

Witnesses to anarchy: the 1967 riots in Hong Kong, by some of those caught up in the violence 2017-04-24 [SCMP]
Saipan casino workers protest for payment as FBI cites illegal labour 2017-04-17 [CNA]
Gov’t ‘regrets’ fatalities at Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge project, as workers demand halt to ‘murders’ 2017-04-14 [Hong Kong Free Press]


India

7th Pay Commission: Panel Suggests Changes In Allowances To Government Employees 2017-04-29 [PTI]
A Cautious Case for OECD Guidelines for workers rights 2017-04-28 [tnlabour]
Maharashtra 200 workers stage protest for minimum wages 2017-04-28 [TNN]


Indonesia

Company threatens workers over plans to strike at West Papua mine 2017-04-24 [Radio New Zealand Internationa;]
Freeport warns Indonesia copper mine workers as Grasberg strike looms 2017-04-22 [Yahoo]
Freeport warns Indonesia copper mine workers as Grasberg strike looms 2017-04-21 [Reuters]


Japan

Buddhist temple in Kyoto pays monks ¥6.6 million in unpaid overtime 2017-04-26 [Japan Times]
As Japan's economy upshifts, workers ask, 'Where's my raise?' 2017-04-20 [nikkei]
Could you work 100 hours a month overtime? Japan sets new limit 2017-04-20 [alarabiya]


Kazakhstan

Statement of the ITUC Pan-European Regional Council ActNOW! 2017-04-26 [ITUC]
Journalist Union Ex-Chief's Prison Sentence Shortened 2017-04-19 [RFE/RL]
Kushakbaev Sentenced to 2.5 Years for Advising Striking Oil Workers ActNOW! 2017-04-14 [HRW]


Korea

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]
Teachers' union members at odds with ministry 2017-04-20 [koreatimes]


Kyrgyzstan

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]
Organizing leads to massive increase of the union membership in Kyrgyzstan 2016-09-21 [IndustriALL]


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

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]
IFJ welcomes decision to force Gvt to pay compo to cartoonist 2017-04-13 [IFJ]


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

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

Govt proposes halting fresh recruitment of civil servants for a year 2017-04-28 [myrepublica.com]
Student unions to intensify protests against fee hike in private schools 2017-04-28 [The Kathmandu Post]
Rally marks National Photojournalism Day 2017-04-27 [The Himalayan Times]


Pakistan

Railways workers demand salary raise, upgradation 2017-04-27 [The Nation]
International Labour Day 2017 2017-04-27 [The Nation]
KWSB union decries lack of facilities for lower tier employees 2017-04-26 [The Express-Tribune]


Philippines

ASEAN is not pro-labor 2017-04-29 [PM]
International IUF delegation in Brussels calls for EU action on rights violations by Citra Mina in the Philippines 2017-04-27 [IUF]
Duterte May 1 surprise for workers raise hopes 2017-04-27 [filipinotimes]


Singapore

Create 8,000 'good jobs' for aviation workers 2017-04-21 [ST]
Remembering Othman Wok: Unionist who fought - and won - better pay for workers 2017-04-20 [ST]
Skills map for energy and chemicals workers 2017-04-20 [ST]


Sri Lanka

Govt. contemplates rigid control on Trade Union action 2017-04-27 [The Daily Mirror]
Oil workers call off strike 2017-04-26 [Gulf Times]
Oil workers to strike against deal with India 2017-04-24 [Khabarindia]


Taiwan

Taiwan: More foreign interns wanted 2017-04-21 [chinapost]
Taiwan grants paid leaves to OFWs, migrant workers 2017-04-20 [ABS-CBN]
Firm backtracked on severance: laid-off workers 2017-04-19 [The Post]


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

government skills plan 2017-04-10 [Bangkok Post]
Govt targets small-time fishermen 2017-04-03 [Bangkok Post]
Thailand accused of failing to stamp out murder and slavery in fishing industry 2017-03-31 [Guardian]


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

May Day celebration in Taksim Square banned 2017-04-27 [Turkey Purge]
May Day celebrations to be held in Istanbul’s Bakırköy instead of Taksim Square 2017-04-27 [Hurriyet Daily News]
Unions Declare May Day to be Celebrated in Bakırköy, not Taksim 2017-04-27 [Bianet]


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

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]
Leading rights defender confined to 'psychiatric treatment' for seeking to expose forced labour in cotton fields 2017-03-22 [IUF]


Vietnam

ASEAN labor officials prepare action on Vientiane declaration 2017-04-21 [JP]
Foreign workers may be forced to pay social insurance in Vietnam 2017-04-20 [vnexpress]
Cut in unemployment payments good for firms. And for workers? 2017-04-17 [vietnamnews]
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