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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Women under-represented at all levels of media in Asean, report finds 2015-06-25 [The Nation]
Asian Workers In Australia's Meat Industry Live In Terrible Conditions; Made To Work Over 18 Hours A Day 2015-06-23 [IB Times]
Asia’s Teen Dropouts Head for Future of Unstable Jobs and Poverty, Experts Warn 2015-06-22 [JG]


Afghanistan

AID ORGANISATIONS UNDER INCREASING PRESSURE IN PAKISTAN, AFGHANISTAN 2015-07-02 [Equal Times]
AID ORGANISATIONS UNDER INCREASING PRESSURE IN PAKISTAN, AFGHANISTAN 2015-07-02 [Equal Times]
Afgan teachers strike 2015-06-08 [AP]


Armenia

IFJ and EFJ ask for a full investigation into attacks on media workers by Police at a demonstration in Armenia 2015-06-27 [IFJ]
Workers at Narit Plant not paid salaries 2015-06-25 [Armen Press]
Nairit Saga: PM promises chemical plant workers’ back wages will be paid by yearend 2015-05-22 [Armenia Now]


Azerbaijan

IFJ and EFJ launch digital safety tips ahead of Baku Games 2015-06-16 [IFJ]
AZERBAIJAN: RUTHLESS REPRESSION IN THE SHADOW OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN GAMES 2015-06-10 [Equal Times]
IFJ/EFJ call on Azeri President to release seven jailled journalists 2015-05-28 [IFJ]


Australia

Employers are scanning their workers' minds 2015-07-04 [AFR]
Truck driving – Australia's 'deadliest' job says Transport Workers Union 2015-07-03 [Fairfax Media]
What you don’t know about the China FTA 2015-07-03 [The New Daily]


Bangladesh

Commuters suffer due to indefinite transport strike 2015-06-30 [The Tribune]
1.5 million Bangladeshi workers to arrive in 3 years, says home minister 2015-06-26 [TMI]
Behind the Rana Plaza Win 2015-06-23 [The New Internationalist]


Bhutan

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


Brunei


Burma

Myanmar unions win first minimum wage 2015-07-03 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Employers Must Accept Minimum Wage 2015-07-03 [ITUC]
No room for trade union rights at upscale Myanmar hotel! 2015-07-02 [IUF]


Cambodia

Mass Fainting At Cambodia Factories Brings Country's Textile Industry Under Scrutiny 2015-07-03 [International Business Times]
Union Warns About Fainting Garment Factory Workers 2015-07-03 [RFA]
Nine Unionists Arrested During Demonstration at Takeo Factory 2015-07-01 [The Daily]


China

Factory Workers Strike for Layoff Compensation 2015-07-03 [Labor Notes]
Henan company fines female workers who get pregnant outside of specific timeframe 2015-07-03 [Shanghaiist]
Committed to ensuring human rights, says Japanese apparel retailer Fast Retailing (Uniqlo) 2015-06-29 [Fibre2Fashion]


Hong Kong

Demanding collective agreement: Response from Artigas Workers to the statement of Lever Style Inc 2015-07-03 [HKCTU]
Workers Unions Join Hundreds of Thousands in March For Democracy in Hong Kong 2015-07-02 [Radio Free Asia]
Canto-Pop Sings Hong Kong’s Working-Class Blues 2015-07-01 [NY Times]


India

IndustriALL women members demand respect of women rights in India 2015-07-03 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Maharashtra Mumbai airport left stinking as 1,900 housekeeping workers go on 18-hour strike 2015-07-02 [First Post]
Indian rail unions hold ‘black day’ protest against Debroy privatisation recommendations 2015-07-02 [ITF]


Indonesia

Workers rally against controversial pension scheme 2015-07-04 [Jakarta Post]
Indonesian construction worker dies in KL bridge collapse 2015-07-04 [theratyakpost.com]
Protests likely to escalate over new pension laws 2015-07-03 [Jakarta Globe]


Japan

Salarymen’s allowances lowest in three decades as living costs rise 2015-06-30 [Japan Times]
Has striking in Japan become extinct? 2015-06-28 [The Times]
Joint Statement of Japanese and Korean Railway Workers against Privatization 2015-06-27 [uidder.org]


Kazakhstan

Legal shackles on workers’ movement challenged 2015-06-23 [USI]
A Bad Rights Reputation That's Getting Worse 2015-06-14 [Qishloq Ovozi]
1st Congress of the Building Complex and Housing-Communal Services Workers 2015-04-24 [BWI]


Korea

GM Korea’s union plans strike on pay 2015-07-03 [JoonAng]
Vote for Strike Against Government Policy 2015-07-03 [Prensa Latina]
Hyundai Motor affiliates threaten strike 2015-04-20 [The Times]


Kyrgyzstan

Flash mob protest against slave labour code 2015-07-04 [IndustriALL Global Union]
ACT NOW! The proposed amendments to Labour Code contradict ILO standards 2015-07-03 [BWI]
Chinese oil company recognizes union 2015-04-28 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Laos

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


Malaysia

Politicians told to stay out of ongoing MAS revamp 2015-07-01 [The Post]
Sarawak MAB unions pledge not to strike 2015-06-30 [The Mail]
Stop political interference in MAS, union clarion calls 2015-06-30 [The Post]


Maldives

Resort workers press government to legislate rights, standards in tourism 2015-06-03 [IUF]
Resort workers rally for ‘living wage’ 2015-05-31 [Minivan News]
Resort Workers Sign Petition For US $600 Minimum Wage 2015-05-09 [Focus]


Mongolia

ILO calls on Mongolia to protect N.K. workers 2015-06-10 [K. Times]
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]


Nepal

2000 People to get training for reconstruction 2015-07-02 [thehimalayantimes.com]
37 transitional shelters handed over in Kavre for earthquake victims 2015-06-21 [GEFONT]
ITF affiliates assist rebuilding efforts 2015-06-11 [ITF]


Pakistan

First death reported at Metro Bus project 2015-06-23 [Labour Watch]
Protest threatened against devolution of Workers Welfare Board 2015-06-23 [Labour Watch]
Pims young doctors look to ministers for resolving issues 2015-06-23 [Labour Watch]


Philippines

Gov’t union members file harassment raps vs military agents 2015-06-30 [The Inquirer]
Workers to receive daily wage increase in Region 10 2015-06-29 [Gov]
CAAP employees protest scrapping of P1B in benefits 2015-06-28 [The Inquirer]


Singapore

Singapore`s Search for Talent Spurs Wages 2015-06-29 [Tempo]
Singapore’s search for talent spurs wages even as jobs fall 2015-06-26 [TMI]
Port's success anchored on workers' tireless efforts: PM Lee 2015-06-24 [ST]


Sri Lanka

Manpower employees commence struggle 2015-06-23 [Unions Lanka]
This government is not allowed to violate the fundamental right of forming trade unions- Wasantha Samarasinghe 2015-06-23 [Unions Lanka]
Hospital workers engaged in strike action to return to work 2015-05-28 [News First]


Taiwan

aiwan deports Korean workers protesting over factory closure 2015-07-01 [Good Electronics]
Taiwan's Secret Cancer: Hazardous waste of a television factory 2015-06-26 [AJ]
Foreign workers reminded not to consume dogs or cats 2015-06-21 [CNA]


Tajikistan

Trade union workshops get to the root of local challenges 2015-06-15 [Education International]
Female teachers threatened with death if they do not stop teaching: 3 detained 2015-04-22 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Employees Of Russian Base Protest Over Unpaid Wages 2015-04-17 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Thailand

Fishermen go on strike due to Govt's regulation pressure 2015-07-03 [FIS]
Fishers strike over new rules imposed after EU's warning 2015-07-01 [Reuters]
Thailand to 'teach journalists how to ask questions' 2015-06-24 [AJ]


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

Police attack journalists during LGBTI Pride Parade 2015-07-01 [IFJ]
Disabled workers fired for protesting 2015-06-29 [Zamen]
News Website Fined 5,250 Turkish Lira for Insulting Female Unionist 2015-06-28 [Bianet]


Turkmenistan


Uzbekistan

Ban Ki-moon: Uzbekistan Must Do More to End Forced Labor 2015-06-17 [Solidarity Center]
UN Leader Urges Uzbekistan To Stop Torture, Forced Labor 2015-06-17 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
U.N.'s Ban criticises forced labour in Uzbek cotton fields 2015-06-17 [Reuters]


Vietnam

TPP Could Actually Make Working Conditions Worse in Vietnam 2015-07-02 [The Nation]
Work-related lung disorders affect several workers 2015-06-26 [vietnamnews]
lawmakers vote for pension rule change, ease workers' concerns 2015-06-23 [Thanh Nien News]
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