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Labour news from Asia


Asia

#WeAreITF – Asia Pacific regional conference inspires ‘renewed vigour and determination’ 2016-12-06 [ITF Global Union]
World Day for Decent Work: Women mobilize for maternity protection 2016-10-10 [IndustriALL]
Indian-origin Tamils demand higher wages at tea estates 2016-10-05 [The Hindu]


Afghanistan

AS WINTER APPROACHES, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO AFGHANISTAN’S RETURNING REFUGEES? 2016-10-20 [Equal Times]
In Afghanistan’s Farm Belt, Women Lead Unions and Find New Status 2016-09-07 [NY Times]
Investigate abuse of journalists: HRW call 2016-09-03 [Human Rights Watch]


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

EFJ/IFJ denounce “politically motivated” dismissal 2016-09-26 [EFJ]
Break the silence on oil workers’ deaths 2016-08-06 [People and Nature]
Journalist Khadija Ismayilova released on probation 2016-05-31 [IFJ]


Australia

Sexual harassment in the media 2016-12-10 [Saturday Paper]
Transport Workers Union calls for Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal restoration 2016-12-10 [Fairfax Media]
Declining union membership bad news for women and low-paid workers 2016-12-10 [Fairfax Media]


Bangladesh

Bus strike on Dhaka-Rajshahi route called off 2016-12-03 [Prothom Alo]
Bus strike on Dhaka-Rajshahi route 2016-12-02 [Prothom Alo]
Chevron workers in Bangladesh protest against layoffs 2016-12-02 [IndustriALL]


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Brunei


Burma

IndustriALL Myanmar affiliates make rapid progress, despite challenges 2016-12-07 [IndustriALL]
Plastic factory strike targets increased wages and workplace safety 2016-12-07 [The Times]
Myanmar garment workers still far from labour rights, report says 2016-12-02 [The Nation]


Cambodia

PM Warns Workers over Protests 2016-12-09 [The Daily Times]
No Evidence of Child Labor at Brick Factories, Gov’t Says 2016-12-06 [Cambodia Daily]
Don't Increase Garment Workers’ Rent, Says PM 2016-12-06 [Khmer Times]


China

Senior manager suspended over sexual harassment 2016-12-10 [China.org.cn]
Social Scientists Grapple With Migrant Workers’ Unfair Treatment 2016-12-09 [Sixth Tone]
Warning of New Coal Mine Safety Risks As Prices Soar Spurring Mining 2016-12-09 [WSJ]


Hong Kong

Journalist Union win: Ombudsman rules that Hong Kong gov’t ban on digital journalists is unfair, urges review 2016-12-07 [HK Free Press]
Ombudsman rules in HKJA favour over Gvt denying access to digital media journalists 2016-12-07 [HKJA]
Ming Pao staff slam poor progress of probe into alleged police assault on reporter 2016-12-06 [HK Free Press]


India

500 workers participate in State Convention by MASA in Telengana 2016-12-09 [tnlabour]
Karnataka Over 130 IBM India employees earned plus-Rs 1 crore salary in FY 2016 2016-12-09 [Economic Times]
Uttarakhand HC stays order on closure of HMT factory 2016-12-09 [The Hindu]


Indonesia

Businesspeople brace for Dec.2 labor union strike 2016-12-01 [The Post]
Victory in Indonesia – release of 26 union activists 2016-11-29 [IndustriALL]
THE LEUSER ECOSYSTEM, A TREASURE TROVE OF BIODIVERSITY THREATENED BY PALM OIL 2016-11-21 [Equal Times]


Japan

Unionized taxi drivers win withdrawal of their unfair dismissals 2016-12-09 [Japan Press Weekly]
1.4 million temps at large companies earn less than 2 million yen in annual income 2016-12-09 [Japan Press Weekly]
Nation needs work hour regulations that actually work 2016-12-03 [Japan Press Weekly]


Kazakhstan

Trade union confederation faces dissolution ActNOW! 2016-12-10 [IndustriALL]
Human Rights Watch criticises moves to shutdown unions ActNOW! 2016-12-07 [HRW]
ITUC Calls on Kazakhstan Government to Respect Freedom of Association ActNOW! 2016-12-02 [ITUC]


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

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]
Teachers Go Unpaid in Southern Lao Province 2015-05-13 [Radio Free Asia]


Malaysia

Workers for McDonald's say they were victims of labour exploitation 2016-12-01 [The Guardian]
Forced labour casts dark shadow over electronics industry 2016-11-21 [The Guardian]
PSM: MTUC is ignorant and weak 2016-10-20 [Today]


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

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]
Why did Mongolian union leader set himself alight? 2015-12-09 [Open Democracy]


Nepal

Assistance of Rs 9 lakh to family of deceased Nepali employed in Japan 2016-12-08 [The Himalayan Times]
GSG Malaysia donates amount to GEFONT Solidarity Fund 2016-12-03 [GEFONT]
Government is inviting political crisis in the country: GEFONT Prez 2016-12-03 [GEFONT]


Pakistan

PepsiCo workers in Pakistan continue fighting for their rights! 2016-12-06 [IUF]
Rice mills in Larkana shut as workers go on strike 2016-12-04 [Dawn]
Gadani Shipbreakers asked to implement labour laws to honour Hong Kong convention 2016-12-03 [The Daily Times]


Philippines

Labor hero 'Ka Bert' Olalia remembered 2016-12-04 [Interaksyon]
7 years on - Ampatuan Massacre victims denied justice 2016-11-24 [MEAA]
7 years after Ampatuan Massacre: Case delays blight any hope for justice 2016-11-24 [NUJP]


Singapore

'Transport workers critical as first responders in crises' 2016-12-03 [The Straits Times]
Union SOS Provides $3 Million 2016-12-03 [Port Tech]
Union gives $3m to help cut shipping firms’ costs 2016-12-02 [The Shipping News]


Sri Lanka

Private bus, railway strike on December 1 2016-11-30 [The Daily News]
Rail workers to strike 2016-11-29 [Hiru]
Tea estate workers win wage increase 2016-10-19 [The Colombo Page]


Taiwan

MOTC ‘dealing with’ rail strike, fare hike threats 2016-12-09 [The Times]
Unions protest elimination of public holidays 2016-12-07 [The Times]
Insurance workers go on strike 2016-12-07 [China Worker ]


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

Hall heads for Paris but fight for rights goes on 2016-11-13 [The Post]
Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, labour activist jailed for lèse majesté, honored by Korean Confederation of Trade Unions KCTU 2016-11-07 [Bangkok Post]
Top court dismisses defamation charges against labor activist Andy Hall 2016-11-03 [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

Organising a journalist union under a State of Emergency 2016-12-07 [IFJ]
Union member violently attacked by his ex-boss, a supplier of Zara, Mango, and George 2016-11-28 [Bagimsiz-Sen]
Youth unemployment poses latest danger to Turkey 2016-11-26 [Al-Monitor]


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

Samarkand Street Sweepers Strike Back 2016-08-11 [RFE]
Coalition to World Bank: Hold Uzbekistan Accountable 2016-08-01 [Solidarity Center]
Forced Labor Linked to World Bank Loan 2016-07-09 [Solidarity Center]


Vietnam

Inditex supplier union network launched in Vietnam 2016-11-14 [IndustriALL]
Ministry moots insurance cuts to help businesses Read more at http://vietnamnews.vn/society/345414/ministry-moots-insurance-cuts-to-help-businesses.html#OW7IQKGyMPT45a3l.99 2016-11-01 [Viet Nam News]
VGCL urged to look ahead to trade deals 2016-10-17 [VietNam News]
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