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Labour news from Asia


Asia

There must be zero tolerance of modern slavery in the shipping industry 2017-10-18 [Equal Times]
There must be zero tolerance of modern slavery in the shipping industry 2017-10-14 [Equal Times]
Educators determined to lead transformative change 2017-10-12 [Education International]


Afghanistan

Afghan women break barriers with all-female TV station 2017-07-18 [Equal Times]
Kabul attack: BBC workers among victims in Afghanistan suicide bombing 2017-05-31 [The Independent]
This Kabul restaurant boosts the dreams of Afghan women 2017-03-18 [PRI]


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

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]
Journalism Watchdog Calls For Release Of Azerbaijani Reporter 2017-08-30 [RFE/RL]


Australia

National Disgrace: LNP force Holden to close after 150 years 2017-10-20 [ACTU]
Australian Capital Territory WorkSafe drop Gungahlin Drive Extension bridge collapse prosecution 2017-10-20 [Fairfax Media]
Federal Court staff to strike for first time over industrial dispute 2017-10-20 [Fairfax Media]


Bangladesh

Process agreed to prepare for future handover of Bangladesh Accord to a national regulator 2017-10-21 [IndustriALL]
No more excuses: New evidence reveals EU Action on Bangladesh labour rights abuses long over-due 2017-10-19 [Clean Clothes Campaign ]
No more excuses: New evidence reveals EU Action on Bangladesh labour rights abuses long over-due 2017-10-19 [ETUC]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Jade miner, 18, shot dead in Hpakant 2017-10-13 [Democratic Voice of Burma]
Burmese workers fight defamation charges in Thai chicken farm case 2017-10-08 [DVB]
Yangon panel favours minimum wage of K4400-K6400 2017-09-28 [Myanmar Times]


Cambodia

Wage Hike in Cambodia Rises Higher Than Expected 2017-10-10 [Sourcing Journal]
Call to end short-term work contracts 2017-10-09 [Khmer Times]
Teacher retirement age and salaries bumped up 2017-10-09 [Khmer Times]


China

Workers at iPhone supplier in China protest unpaid bonuses 2017-10-20 [FOX]
Made in China 3/2017: Chinese Labour in a Global Perspective 2017-10-19 [Chinoiresie]
Min. pay rises trumpeted prior to Party Congress; rates barely catch up with increased costs 2017-10-17 [China Labour Bulletin]


Hong Kong

A helper, a servant, or a slave? If only Hongkongers could see the way we treat domestic workers as others do 2017-10-16 [HKFP]
Should Hong Kong’s elderly care sector import foreign labour amid chronic manpower shortage? 2017-10-11 [SCMP]
HKJA appalled at threat mails received by HKFP journalists 2017-10-11 [HKJA]


India

Karnataka Your Wages Are In My Pants: Bengaluru Contractor Tells Women Sanitation Workers 2017-10-21 [Huffington Post]
Tamil Nadu Unions to go to court over roof collapse 2017-10-21 [The Hindu]
AI divestment: unions aim at unified strategy 2017-10-21 [The Hindu]


Indonesia

Independent unions challenge the zero rights regime at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia 2017-10-19 [IUF Global Union]
Legal protections for Indonesian migrant workers abroad 2017-10-17 [Jakarta Globe]
Jakarta considers Universal Basic Income 2017-10-17 [Jakarta Globe]


Japan

Matagi hunters in danger of extinction 2017-10-20 [Equal Times]
The Matagi, winter hunters 2017-10-20 [Equal Times]
Firm fined token sum after woman died from overwork 2017-10-17 [Guardian]


Kazakhstan

Workers receive $6.7 million in back pay after national labour inspections 2017-10-12 [Astana Times]
Court rejects union leader’s appeal for justice ActNOW! 2017-10-10 [IndustriALL]
Trade Union Leader’s Sentence Confirmed, Family and Union Representatives Threatened ActNOW! 2017-10-05 [ITUC]


Korea

ITUC: Dialogue, Not Conflict, in the Korean Peninsula Is Needed 2017-08-23 [ITUC]
Struggling healthcare workers join labor unions in droves 2017-08-08 [Korea Biomedical Review]
Korea: UNI Global Union urges President Moon to release Han Sang-gyun 2017-07-09 [uniglobalunion.org]


Kyrgyzstan

Trade unions vow to protect labour rights ahead of Sunday’s elections 2017-10-13 [Equal Times]
Kyrgyz trade unions vow to protect labour rights ahead of Sunday’s elections 2017-10-12 [Equal Times]
Newly formed Kyrgyz union concludes first agreement with Turkish investor 2017-08-16 [IndustriALL]


Laos

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]
Feeling Pain of Rising Prices, Stagnant Wages 2016-08-25 [Radio Free Asia]


Malaysia

History of the labour movement in Malaysia 2017-10-16 [Aliran]
Debate workers issues before GE 2017-10-06 [FMT]
MTUC slams Treasury boss over remarks about poor Malaysians 2017-10-06 [FMT]


Maldives

Police rough up, arrest journalists covering opposition rally 2017-07-28 [IFJ]
Maldives police summons liberal bloggers over unspecified charges 2017-06-05 [IFJ]
Maldivian journalists arrested for protesting against media crackdown 2016-04-06 [IFJ]


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

Jhapa migrants to build houses for flood survivors 2017-10-18 [The Himalayan Times]
1300 Nepali migrant workers laid off in Qatar 2017-10-16 [The Kathmandu Post]
Draft migration health policy discussed 2017-10-12 [The Himalayan Times]


Pakistan

Journalists Protest After TV Reporter Killed 2017-10-14 [RFE/RL]
Fourth journalist killed this year 2017-10-14 [IFJ]
Workers demand decent work, adequate wages 2017-10-09 [The Nation]


Philippines

Amertron fires 532 union members 2017-10-16 [IndustriALL]
Unions join protest march against martial law, extra-judicial killings 2017-09-22 [IUF]
Campaign wins reinstatement for dismissed union leader at Manila Peninsula Hotel 2017-09-22 [IUF]


Singapore

First woman president of Singapore began her career in the legal division of the National Trades Union Congress 2017-09-19 [Andalou Agency ]
ITF opens Singapore office to aid region union membership growth 2017-09-06 [ITF]
Bangladeshi construction workers in limbo over unpaid salaries, say payslips were falsified 2017-08-13 [The Straits Times]


Sri Lanka

CEB strike continues, Ministry to recruit new staff 2017-09-20 [Hiru]
CEB strike continues as talks fail: Workers’ Union 2017-09-19 [The Daily Mirror]
CEB strike a failure, says Ministry; TU rejects claims 2017-09-16 [The Daily Mirror]


Taiwan

Pilot union calls on CAL to negotiate or face strike 2017-10-05 [The Times]
Did Taiwan police and paramedics leave migrant worker to die? 2017-09-18 [BBC]
In Taipei - Vietnamese workers protest migrant's death by police shooting 2017-09-05 [Taiwan Focus]


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

Workers group want Thailand to raise daily wages to 700 baht 2017-10-14 [Myanmar Times]
Thailand: auto parts maker Y-Tec fires workers for unionizing 2017-10-10 [IndustriALL]
Strike by 500 Myanmar guest workers in Thailand win labour demands 2017-10-04 [Myanmar Times]


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

Safety protocol with 16 points for journalists covering conflict zones 2017-10-14 [IFJ]
International boycott hits labor meeting in Istanbul 2017-10-12 [Al-Monitor]
'They'll Take Us Into Custody': Turkish Teachers In Kazakhstan Fear Going Home 2017-10-10 [RFE/RL]


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

5 Cents Per Kilo: Why Uzbek Government Still Forces People To Pick Cotton 2017-10-12 [RFE/RL]
Some Workers Excused from Cotton Fields - But Political Will Needed to End Forced Labor 2017-10-05 [Human Rights Watch]
Rights Group Says Political Will Needed To End Forced Labor In Uzbekistan 2017-10-05 [RFE/RL]


Vietnam

Uphill battle to ban use of cancer-linked white asbestos in Vietnam: experts 2017-10-09 [VN Express]
8,000 workers wildcat at footwear factory 2017-10-06 [libcom.org]
Workers to be given seven-day Lunar New Year break 2017-09-29 [VN Express]
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