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Labour news from Asia


Asia

E-waste in East and Southeast Asia jumps 63 percent in five years 2017-01-15 [Phys.org]
Mountains of discarded smartphones, electronics raise health and environmental concerns across Asia 2017-01-15 [ABC]
Chinese middle class in uproar over alleged police brutality 2016-12-29 [The Rising Nepal]


Afghanistan

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]
13 Coalminers Shot Dead In Baghlan 2017-01-13 [ToloNews]


Armenia

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]
Press conference entitled: labor law, trade unions, the legislation problems 2016-05-05 [ANA]


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

New South Wales Unions wary of NDIS impact on staff’s conditions and clients’ futures 2017-01-23 [Central Western Daily]
South Australia Nurses win against bed cuts – for now 2017-01-23 [Nurse Uncut]
Victoria Nurses working on Bourke St tragedy provided trauma resources by their union 2017-01-23 [ANMF Victoria]


Bangladesh

Freight transport union on indefinite strike in 21 districts 2017-01-23 [News 24]
Release arrested garment union leaders now! ActNOW! 2017-01-20 [Industriall]
The people who make your clothes are striking for their rights 2017-01-18 [Vice ]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Panda Textile workers back on strike after last-minute revisions to negotiated truce 2017-01-23 [The Times]
Will anything stop the ongoing genocide in Myanmar? 2017-01-10 [Equal Times]
Labor Rights Negotiations Fail with Mandalay Textile Factory 2017-01-09 [The Irrawaddy]


Cambodia

A trusted intermediary to minimise risk of human trafficking 2017-01-18 [Equal Times]
Competing explanations for sliding strike numbers 2017-01-17 [The Post]
A TRUSTED INTERMEDIARY TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN CAMBODIA 2017-01-16 [Equal Times]


China

Migrant workers protest over unpaid wages 2017-01-20 [VoA]
As workers age China turns to robots 2017-01-18 [AFP]
Labor-related NGOs facing hard times 2017-01-16 [The Daily Times]


Hong Kong

Key Labour and welfare issues 'like walking on thin ice' 2017-01-09 [SCMP]
Domestic helper gets HK$562,000 compensation after rape trauma 2017-01-09 [Ejinsight ]
New HK journalist union Gen-Sec Joyce Nip 2017-01-06 [HKJA]


India

Kerala Law on service, wages of unaided teachers sought 2017-01-23 [The Hindu]
Andhra Pradesh 55-year-old Chagallu sugar factory closed, 700 workers lose jobs 2017-01-23 [The Hindu]
1.42 lakh rail safety staff posts vacant across India 2017-01-23 [TNN]


Indonesia

PALM OIL SMALLHOLDERS FACE THE CHALLENGES OF SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION 2017-01-09 [Equal Times]
Govt needs to clarify rumors on illegal Chinese workers 2016-12-28 [Antara News]
Union Demands Free-Visa Policy to be Dropped 2016-12-28 [TEMPO]


Japan

Varied agenda in wage talks 2017-01-20 [Japan Times]
Union campaign blocks planned closure of public hospital 2017-01-20 [Japan Press Weekly]
Mitsubishi Electric referred to prosecutors for violation of work hour rules 2017-01-20 [Japan Press Weekly]


Kazakhstan

Two oil workers' union leaders arrested, protest continues ActNOW! 2017-01-22 [KTR]
Hunger strikers protest oil worker union shut down ActNOW! 2017-01-22 [PetroGlobal News]
Oil Workers on Hunger Strike ActNOW! 2017-01-21 [The Diplomat]


Korea

Issues in the Restructuring of the Korean Shipbuilding Industry 2016-10-27 [GLC]
Hyundai Motor executives to take voluntary 10 per cent cut in wages 2016-10-25 [Reuters]
Hyundai Motor union stages first full strike in 12 years 2016-09-26 [Reuters]


Kyrgyzstan

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]
Fire Kills Migrant Workers in Russia 2016-09-01 [Solidarity Center]


Laos

Salary Delays Slow Government Work in Laos 2017-01-07 [RFA]
Feeling Pain of Rising Prices, Stagnant Wages 2016-08-25 [Radio Free Asia]
Police Publicly Confirm Arrest of Trio of Workers For Criticizing State 2016-05-30 [Radio Free Asia]


Malaysia

Killings of 5 Myanmar Workers Part of Feud Among Countrymen: Malaysian Official 2017-01-11 [RFA]
Construction firms protest foreign worker levy 2017-01-10 [GCR]
Four Myanmar Workers Killed in Machete Attack in Malaysia 2017-01-07 [RFA]


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

Service charge issue reignites as workers demand entire amount http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-01-23/service-charge-issue-reignites-as-workers-demand-entire-amount.html 2017-01-23 [The Kathmandu Post]
Trade unions give 3-week ultimatum to hotels 2017-01-23 [myrepublica.com]
Govt health workers must take permission to work in pvt sector 2017-01-22 [myrepublica.com]


Pakistan

Sindh approves policy to regularise home-based workers 2017-01-17 [The News]
Unpaid KDA workers threaten to lock down Civic Centre today 2017-01-17 [The News]
Railway workers hold procession for demands 2017-01-15 [Dawn]


Philippines

union leaders victimized after participating in IUF Global Housekeepers Campaign 2017-01-11 [IUF]
DOLE says agreement struck to end strike at bus firm 2017-01-09 [The Inquirer]
Commuters feel impact of violence during strike 2017-01-06 [The Inquirer]


Singapore

NTUC urges Singapore to support ‘returnship programme' for women workers 2017-01-20 [SBR]
NTUC lays out roadmap to get women, seniors back to work 2017-01-18 [Today]
Labour unity in disruptive times 2017-01-03 [The Straits Times]


Sri Lanka

Manpower Employees Continue Their Struggle 2017-01-15 [The Sunday Leader]
TUs object to GSP + assessments on labour rights 2017-01-15 [The Times]
Port workers protest over Hambantota Port deal 2017-01-09 [The Shipping News]


Taiwan

Railway union threatens strike over lunar holiday 2017-01-20 [The Times]
Rail workers strike will not affect rail services during Lunar New Year holiday: MOTC 2017-01-19 [The Post]
Railway Union is threatening an industrial action over the Lunar New Year 2017-01-07 [PTS]


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

Nestlé admits slavery in Thailand while fighting child labour lawsuit in Ivory Coast 2017-01-09 [Guardian]
Migrant worker sues Thai social security office for unfair treatment 2017-01-05 [Human Rights and Development Foundation]
305 baht? Are you kidding? -Hike only 'favours business', not workers 2016-12-30 [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

Attacks on unions continue as Turkish government bans strikes 2017-01-20 [IndustriALL]
Grannies to get state salaries for grandchildren’s care 2017-01-18 [Al-Monitor]
Journalist Ünal Tanık detained as post-coup crackdown continues 2017-01-18 [Turkey Purge]


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

In Rare Public Protest, Uzbek Pensioners Demand Cash, Not Plastic 2017-01-20 [RFE/RL]
European Parliament May Rubber Stamp Forced Labor in Uzbekistan 2016-12-11 [HRWatch]
Samarkand Street Sweepers Strike Back 2016-08-11 [RFE]


Vietnam

Female workers’ clubs boost solidarity, confidence 2017-01-10 [Vietnam News]
Union bristles at plan to double overtime limit 2017-01-09 [VNExpress]
Trump may have killed the TPP, but Vietnam can still reap some of the benefits at home. 2016-12-11 [The Diplomat]
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