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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Asian women union leaders join forces to combat bullying and sexual harassment in schools 2018-12-21 [Education International]
Underneath the Autocrats: First IFJ South East Asia Media Report launched 2018-12-19 [IFJ]
Unions and labour rights experts call on Ansell to protect worker rights in its supply chains 2018-12-10 [ABC]


Afghanistan

Gold mine collapse leaves several dead 2019-01-07 [Deutsche Welle]
At least 30 gold miners killed in tunnel collapse in northern Afghanistan 2019-01-06 [Yahoo]
END IMPUNITY CAMPAIGN 2018 : Afghanistan country report 2018-10-31 [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

Country violated the rights of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova 2019-01-12 [EFJ]
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]


Australia

ACTU calls for an inquiry arrest of Australian foootballer Hakeem al-Araibi 2019-01-23 [SBS]
#SaveHakeem: Stop the deportation of a Baharaini refugee 2019-01-23 [Green Left Weekly]
Union calls for Uber drivers and Airbnb hosts facing tax crackdown to be protected 2019-01-23 [The Guardian]


Bangladesh

These Women Make Your Zara Jeans. Now, They're Demanding to Be Paid Fairly. 2019-01-23 [Elle]
Why are wages so low for garment workers in Bangladesh? 2019-01-22 [theguardian]
Spice Girls want Bangladesh factory investigated over ‘abuse’ of workers 2019-01-22 [thehindu]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Myanmar unions fighting obstacles to organizing 2018-11-19 [IndustriALL]
Dozens injured in crackdown on Myanmar garment worker protest 2018-10-18 [Eyewitness News]
Protesting workers attacked by ‘hired thugs’ 2018-10-17 [The Star]


Cambodia

More than 400 workers protest over fears of closure 2019-01-23 [The Times]
15 years on, justice elusive in Cambodia union leader's murder 2019-01-22 [Al Jazeera]
Unionists called to court seven years after protest 2019-01-21 [The Post]


China

Three jailed as Government crackdown on freedom of expression continues 2019-01-23 [IFJ]
More Students Gone Missing in the Endless Suppression on JASIC Supporters 2019-01-23 [HKCTU]
Serious Mining Disaster Shortly After Safety Check. Vulnerability of China Coal Mine Supervision Exposed. 2019-01-21 [HKCTU]


Hong Kong

Hong Kong minimum wage to jump to HK$37.50, in biggest rise since it was introduced 2019-01-10 [SCMP]
New campaign urges Hong Kong employers to improve relations with domestic workers through pledge 2018-12-22 [The Free Press]
Government must guarantee Right to Information in new legislation 2018-12-20 [IFJ]


India

FICCI calls for fresh worker housing scheme for textiles, garment workers 2019-01-23 [Business Today]
2,000 defence sector workers to go on strike from today 2019-01-23 [TNN]
Bihar Striking Midday Meal Cooks Begin Two-day Gherao of Nitish Kumar’s Residence in Patna 2019-01-23 [Newsclick]


Indonesia

Hong Kong needs more foreign domestic workers, including from Indonesia 2019-01-22 [antaranews]
Who benefits from economic nationalism? 2019-01-22 [JP]
IUF international delegation brings the Coca-Cola Zero Rights campaign to Coke workers in Europe 2018-12-06 [IUF]


Japan

Businesses look to smooth way for jump in foreign workers to Japan 2019-01-22 [JP]
As Japan Tries Out Immigration, Migrant Workers Complain Of Exploitation 2019-01-16 [NPR]
Japan approves 126 measures to attract more foreign workers 2018-12-26 [Nikkei Asian Review]


Kazakhstan

Delegate of banned Independent Trade Union Confederation address ITUC Congress ActNOW! 2018-12-04 [KTR]
Statement of PERC Youth Committee on Trade Unions in Kazakhstan 2018-11-28 [Central Asia Labour Rights Monitoring Mission]
Statement of PERC Youth Committee on Trade Unions in Kazakhstan 2018-11-27 [ITUC-PERC]


Korea

KB union withdraws plans for 2nd strike 2019-01-21 [koreatimes]
Fund to help workers faces complaints from own underpaid workers 2019-01-20 [koreajoongangdaily]
Minimum wage made simple 2019-01-20 [koreajoongangdaily]


Kyrgyzstan

Child Labor Problem Urgent: Kyrgyzstan Workers 2018-10-04 [Solidarity Center]
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]


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

Stopping migrant worker abuse 2019-01-23 [Ethical Trading Initiative]
Unions respond to reform of Malaysia's Industrial Relations and Trade Union Acts 2019-01-19 [IndustriALL]
En Malaisie, les syndicats réagissent à la réforme des lois sur les relations sociales et les syndicats 2019-01-19 [IndustriALL]


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

Mongolia: IndustriALL and Rio Tinto conduct joint mission at Oyu Tolgoi mine 2018-09-26 [IndustriALL]
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]


Nepal

20 workers get labour permits for Malaysia http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2019-01-22/20-workers-get-labour-permits-for-malaysia 2019-01-22 [http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com]
Minister Baskota pledges to enforce minimum wage for working journos 2019-01-20 [myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com]
Nepal-Japan to devise labour mechanism for migration of Nepali workers 2019-01-18 [http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com]


Pakistan

Garment Workers’ Rights at Risk 2019-01-23 [Human Rights Watch]
Millions working in Pakistan's garment industry suffer abuse and labour rights violations: report 2019-01-23 [Dawn]
Garment industry reforms fail to stop abuses: activists 2019-01-23 [Reuters]


Philippines

Teacher unionists threatened ActNOW! 2019-01-23 [Education International]
Workers strike at Clark Airport Philippines 2019-01-21 [inquirer]
Clark International Airport is the latest battlefield in the Philippines’ fight against private-run dystopia 2019-01-20 [The South China Morning Post]


Singapore

Singapore Urged to Fix Rules on Hiring Domestic Workers to Stop Forced Labor 2019-01-22 [jakartaglobe]
Ageing Singapore: Country helps firms retain workers past retirement age 2019-01-21 [todayonline]
Panellists discuss ways to help older workers 2019-01-10 [The Straits Times]


Sri Lanka

Estate workers on strike again 2019-01-23 [Aadaderana]
Sri Lanka Garment Workers Stand Up for Rights 2019-01-22 [Solidarity Center]
Rubber glove workers in Sri Lanka protest unjust terminations 2019-01-19 [IndustriALL]


Taiwan

Interview: 2018 Taiwan International Labor Film Festival 2018-10-22 [The New Bloom]
Taiwan media unions make good governance happen 2018-10-02 [UNI Global Union]
Pilot negotiations focus on discrepancy between aviation rules and labor laws 2018-08-21 [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

Persecution of union leaders 'shames Thailand' ActNOW! 2019-01-18 [ITF]
ITF: lifting of Thailand’s yellow card on fishing disturbing 2019-01-10 [ITF]
Global union calls for international support for railway workers ActNOW! 2019-01-09 [ITF]


Tibet

Over 100 Tibetan Teachers Stage Protest March After Demands Ignored 2014-05-09 [Radio Free Asia]


Turkey

Workers at Turkish Saint-Gobain subsidiary strike for a fair contract 2019-01-19 [IndustriALL]
Turkey deports Dutch journalist without explanation 2019-01-18 [EFJ]
Journalist Pelin Ünker sentenced to jail for writing on 'Paradise Papers' 2019-01-11 [EFJ]


Turkmenistan

Free Gaspar Matalaev, end forced and child labour! 2018-10-15 [IUF]
Children Forced to Labor in Turkmenistan Cotton Fields 2018-02-02 [Solidarity Center]
Free Gaspar Matalaev 2017-12-10 [ATN]


Uzbekistan

The democratic future of Uzbekistan doesn’t depend on the politicians, but whether workers can mobilise 2018-10-13 [openDemocracy]
Fewer Workers Forced to Prepare Uzbek Cotton Fields 2018-09-10 [Solidarity Center]
Uzbek Union Leader Released from Prison 2018-05-15 [Solidarity Center]


Vietnam

City trade unions ensure happy Tết for labourerS 2018-12-26 [The News]
Activist and journalist sentenced to four years jail 2018-09-21 [IFJ]
Workers Protest Proposed Lease of Economic Zones to China 2018-07-24 [The News Lens]
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