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Labour news from Asia


Asia

East Asia ITF action begins Monday 2015-01-27 [ITF Global Union]
Thousands living like slaves in Hong Kong 2015-01-22 [RTHK]
Work permit hiccup delays Finnair’s plans to outsource cabin crew to Asia 2015-01-15 [YLE]


Afghanistan

Radio journalist gunned down at wedding 2015-01-21 [IFJ]
Afghanistan’s ethnic question obstructs its digital future 2015-01-14 [Equal Times]
Journalist severely injured in Afghanistan suicide bombing dies 2014-12-23 [IFJ]


Armenia

Artsakh Trade Unions Hold 3rd Congress 2014-12-26 [Asbarez]
Rubber workers protest over unpaid wages 2014-12-19 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Nairit workers threaten to block Bagratuniats Street 2014-12-06 [Aysor]


Azerbaijan

Executive Committee of General Confederation of Trade Unions convenes in Baku 2014-10-23 [News.Az]
President receives Secretary General of Int'l Confederation of Trade Unions 2014-10-23 [News.Az]
Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist 2014-10-18 [IFJ]


Australia

Union Thuggery Must Be Stopped: Construction Groups 2015-01-27 [@Sourceable]
New South Wales Electricity business cuts: Luke Foley at odds with Electrical Trades Union 2015-01-27 [Fairfax Media]
Queensland QCU calls for answers from LNP on penalty rates 2015-01-27 [Mackay Daily Mercury]


Bangladesh

Habiganj tea workers on strike 2015-01-17 [The Daily Star]
VIDEO: Challenges and wins for Bangladesh factory safety inspections 2015-01-16 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Transport workers attack police station, block roads 2015-01-08 [The Daily Star]


Bhutan

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


Brunei


Burma

Women workers head to Hong Kong despite ban 2015-01-06 [Myanmar Times]
Rangoon govt to debate legalising sex work venues 2014-12-09 [DVB]
As Lawmakers Raise Own Pay, Minimum Wage Law Languishes 2014-11-19 [The Irrawaddy]


Cambodia

Unionising masseuses to protest alleged firing 2015-01-26 [The Post]
Garment Workers Aren’t Backing Down 2015-01-24 [The Nation]
Little Progress in Investigation of Cambodian Workers' Death 2015-01-24 [VoA]


China

Court hears first lawsuit on gay workplace discrimination 2015-01-27 [Guardian]
First gay workplace discrimination lawsuit to have widespread repercussions, lawyer says 2015-01-27 [Radio Australia]
Censorship, Corruption and Control: China's Media Wars 2015-01-27 [IFJ]


Hong Kong

Media war launched by China to harass Hong Kong journalists during #OccupyHK 2015-01-27 [IFJ]
Standard working hours still no closer -despite union demands 2015-01-24 [SCMP]
Hong Kong: Filipina domestic worker gets scholarship to New York University 2015-01-24 [Various News Source]


India

Maharashtra Waste pickers to get minimum wages and statutory benefits in Pimpri Chinchwad 2015-01-26 [Times of India]
Tamil Nadu Hosiery manufacturers voice against fixation of minimum rates of wages 2015-01-26 [The Hindu]
Government neglecting woman workers: Writer Vakkunda 2015-01-24 [The Times]


Indonesia

Lampung weekly chief editor shot dead 2015-01-27 [JP]
Anis Hidayah: A human rights warrior, walking a lonely path 2015-01-27 [JP]
Worker Killed in Freeport Indonesia Mine Accident 2015-01-27 [JG]


Japan

Abe hits Japan’s fairways to pitch pay rises to corporate leaders 2015-01-27 [FT]
Journalists Union press for talks with Islamic State group 2015-01-27 [Japan Times]
Keidanren boss lobby chief says annual wage hikes needed to revive economy 2015-01-27 [Japan Times]


Kazakhstan

Labour conflicts, trade union and new legislation 2015-01-17 [The Times of Central Asia]
Kazakh oil workers: the fight for justice goes on 2014-12-26 [People and Nature]
3 years after the massacre of striking oil workers, watch this video 2014-12-17 [Vimeo]


Korea

Court rules in favour of Hyundai Motor in wage dispute 2015-01-16 [Yahoo]
Mahindra boss discusses plight of fired workers 2015-01-14 [JoonAng]
Workers at South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries set to strike 2014-11-19 [AFP]


Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan: where informality is a lifestyle 2014-11-04 [Equal Times]
The water crisis dividing Kyrgyzstan 2014-07-30 [Equal Times]
Strikers in Kyrgyzstan could face 15 years in prison 2014-03-14 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Laos

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]
Government lambasted for lack of rights progress 2014-06-10 [UCA News]


Malaysia

Proposal for Young Workers' Union 2015-01-11 [The Sun]
No Registered Nepali Female Workers In Malaysia? - MTUC President 2015-01-05 [The Digest]
Employers urged to offer interest-free loans to staff 2015-01-05 [FMT]


Maldives

Govt asks teachers not to participate in black clothes' strike 2014-04-08 [Haveeru]
Teachers in black clothes in protest of low salaries 2014-04-08 [Haveeru]
Man injured in STO tanker fire dies 2014-03-28 [Haveeru]


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

DoHS tense as unions' strike faces protest 2015-01-20 [The Times]
Health unions say strike will continue 2015-01-18 [The Himalayan Times]
GSG Women Regional Committee formed in Tripali 2015-01-18 [GEFONT]


Pakistan

[Not] Out with the old: Transporters reject ban on decades-old vehicles 2015-01-26 [The Express Tribune]
SC restores PIA employees’ union as CBA 2015-01-24 [Labour Watch]
Protests across Sindh against plan to privatise more power utilities 2015-01-24 [Labour Watch]


Philippines

Journalist paralyzed in attack dies a decade on, waiting for justice 2015-01-21 [IFJ]
Pay hike for nurses sought 2015-01-16 [ABS CBN]
A deadly start to 2015 for journalists; union: 30 killed since 2010 2015-01-11 [Manila Channel]


Singapore

What is CPF Minimum Sum? 7 things to know 2015-01-26 [ST]
NTUC calls for individual training account for workers 2015-01-26 [Channel News Asia]
Chun Sing 'has right qualities but must win over leaders' 2015-01-26 [Asia One]


Sri Lanka

Employees of power sector strike against massive salary increase for top ranks 2015-01-20 [The Colombo Page]
IFJ congratulates new Sri Lankan president, urges media freedom 2015-01-14 [IFJ]
Presidential election 2015- “working people are ready” the seminar in Gampaha 2015-01-03 [Unions Lanka]


Taiwan

China Airlines’ employees protest outside the company’s headquarters in Taipei 2015-01-23 [Taipei Times]
Workers march for police, firefighter rights 2014-11-09 [Focus]
Union urges action over childcare worker wages 2014-11-05 [The Times]


Tajikistan

RUSSIA’S CALLING FADES FOR TAJIK MIGRANTS 2014-12-29 [Equal Times]
EI workshops contribute to building a strong union 2014-08-22 [Education International]


Thailand

BMTA union workers voice fears over City Hall switch 2015-01-24 [Bangkok Post]
Global pressure forces withdrawal of Thai prison labour plans 2015-01-20 [Stronger Unions]
Opposition to prisoners on fishing boats 2015-01-16 [Bangkok 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

Media Union calls on Gvt to stop issuing press control cards 2015-01-26 [Bianet]
Nepotism in public recruitment endangers social cohesion 2015-01-25 [Zaman]
Mining regulations changing after deadly accidents 2015-01-24 [Hurriyet]


Turkmenistan


Uzbekistan

Challenge to World Bank - are your projects triggering forced labour? 2014-12-29 [Human Rights Watch]
Country ranks among those with worst forms of child labour 2014-10-10 [Solidarity Center]
Cotton harvest enslaves teachers and students 2014-10-05 [Education International]


Vietnam

Supporting worker particiption in Vietnam 2015-01-27 [TUC]
Laborers’ technique initiatives benefits VND170 bil 2015-01-26 [Saigon]
Workers value Tet bonuses 2015-01-11 [Vietnam Net]
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