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Labour news from Asia


Asia

ITF welcomes the Manila statement about the fair treatment of seafarers 2018-11-13 [ITF]
Journalism Under Threat: IFJ & SEAJU launch research on impunity 2018-11-02 [IFJ]
Thank you Shashi Bala Singh for your dedication to education, educators and students in Asia-Pacific 2018-10-18 [Education International]


Afghanistan

END IMPUNITY CAMPAIGN 2018 : Afghanistan country report 2018-10-31 [IFJ]
Photojournalist killed in targeted attack on election rally 2018-10-15 [IFJ]
Global labour movement condemns seizure of union property by government of Afghanistan 2018-10-11 [IndustriALL]


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

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]
IFJ/EFJ welcome release of Mehman Aliyev and Alexander Lapshin 2017-09-13 [IFJ]


Australia

More than 60% of Australian women have experienced sexual harassment at work – survey 2018-11-14 [The Guardian]
Transport Workers Union reject ‘false’ membership figures 2018-11-14 [News.com]
Victoria Family distraught after apprentice dies in worksite employer Ai Group knew was unsafe 2018-11-14 [ABC]


Bangladesh

Shipbreaking - graveyard for ships or workers? 2018-11-13 [IndustriALL]
Transport workers withdraw strike on Bangabandhu Bridge 2018-11-10 [The Tribune]
Transport Strike: Dhaka-Natore-Rajshahi road link snapped ahead of Oikyafront rally 2018-11-09 [The Star]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

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]
Protesters Injured in Labor Dispute 2018-10-17 [The Irrawaddy]


Cambodia

Garment workers fear EU trade threat but producers optimistic 2018-10-18 [Euronews]
Garment workers in Cambodia fear EU trade threat, makers optimistic 2018-10-17 [The Asahi Shimbun]
Young workers in Cambodia commit to union building 2018-09-25 [Just Style]


China

China's Communist party violently cracks down on a new group — student communists 2018-11-14 [Biz Insider]
Student activists reported missing after campaigning for workers’ rights 2018-11-13 [Independent]
Police ‘kidnap’ 10 labour activists across China: rights group 2018-11-13 [The Free Press]


Hong Kong

Minimum wage workers to be paid HK$3 an hour more, and no one is happy about the increase 2018-09-28 [The South China Morning Post]
How to save Hong Kong maids from loan sharks 2018-08-11 [The South China Morning Post]
Online blacklist of rogue Hong Kong job agencies to help domestic workers 2018-08-11 [The South China Morning Post]


India

Karnataka Private company employees launch padayatra to meet HD Kumara 2018-11-14 [TNN]
4-lakh defence employees boycott lunch, plan massive strike 2018-11-14 [TNN]
Government sabotaging BSNL, claims trade unions 2018-11-14 [PTI]


Indonesia

Zero rights! - anti-union aggression escalates at Coca-Cola Amatil 2018-11-13 [IUF]
Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia takes disciplinary action against union president for informing members of their legal rights 2018-11-02 [IUF]
How prostitutes benefit from a union in Indonesia: sex workers protected and taught new skills 2018-10-22 [The South China Morning Post]


Japan

The changing face of Japan: labour shortage opens doors to immigrant workers 2018-11-09 [Guardian]
Japan expects acceptance of 40,000 foreign workers in first year of proposed new visas rules: sources 2018-11-05 [Japan Times]
Uniqlo replaced 90% of staff at its newly automated warehouse with robots 2018-11-03 [Quartz]


Kazakhstan

Attack on Trade Union Leader 2018-11-13 [Human Rights Watch]
International trade union mission to Kazakhstan 2018-11-08 [Industri Energi]
International Trade Union Conference on Chrysotile Asbestos 2018-10-15 [ International Trade Union Alliance for Chrysotile]


Korea

Samsung should try imagining a world where big firms respect workers 2018-11-09 [Guardian]
Samsung Chairman Indicted for Allegedly Sabotaging Labor Union 2018-09-27 [Bloomberg]
Former Samsung Electronics exec nabbed over alleged labor union sabotage 2018-08-07 [Yonhap]


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

NUNW and Star Media Group sign 15th collective agreement 2018-11-04 [The Star]
STIEU wins secret ballot despite SFI’s obstruction 2018-10-31 [BWI]
Court rules compensation for dismissed autoworkers in Malaysia 2018-10-29 [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

Government withholds Cabinet decisions from the media 2018-11-14 [IFJ]
Journalist attacked and injured by Communists in West Nepal 2018-11-13 [IFJ]
Interaction with Delegates from Bangladesh 2018-11-05 [GEFONT]


Pakistan

Women trade unions vow to protect rights of cotton workers 2018-11-14 [The Daily Times]
Safety remains elusive on second anniversary of Gadani shipbreaking accident 2018-11-05 [IndustriALL]
Port Qasim workers’ protest enters 40th day 2018-11-04 [Today]


Philippines

Another Sumifru worker escapes slay try 2018-11-13 [Davaotoday.com]
Namafusa to file raps vs. Sumifru, dispersal team 2018-11-06 [Today]
Slain worker’s death an assault to trade union rights 2018-11-04 [Today]


Singapore

NTUC to support reskilling of transport workers worldwide with research and training 2018-10-15 [Channel News Asia]
Helping to prepare transport workers for disruption 2018-10-15 [The Straits Times]
When She Spoke to “Ma’am” About Sexual Abuse By “Sir” She Was Deported 2018-10-11 [The Citizen]


Sri Lanka

Concerns for media safety in Sri Lanka amid political crisis 2018-10-31 [IFJ]
Foreign journalist intimidated over report 2018-10-25 [IFJ]
Stop union busting at world’s biggest hanger company 2018-08-30 [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

Olympic 2020 partner Mitsubishi Electric humiliates workers in Thailand ActNOW! 2018-11-09 [IndustriALL]
Slavery Still Persists in Thai Fisheries 2018-11-03 [Maritime Executive]
Workers Strike for 44th Day after 30 unionists sacked for 'agitating' at Chinese-Owned Garment Factory 2018-10-04 [The Irrawaddy]


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

Turkish Trade Union Leader Abdullah Karacan Murdered, Two Union Representatives Wounded 2018-11-14 [ITUC]
ETUC Condemns murder of Turkish trade union leader 2018-11-14 [ETUC]
Dangerous working conditions in FSC-certified forests 2018-11-14 [BWI]


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

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]
Most workers said income sufficient to cover living expenses: survey 2018-07-15 [Vietnam Net]
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