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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Why inequality threatens the Asian miracle 2015-03-02 [ILO]
Travel ban on Indonesian maids would worsen risk of abuse - labour leader 2015-02-19 [Reuters]
Don’t mention the apartheid: caste discrimination and poverty in South Asia 2015-02-18 [Equal Times]


Afghanistan

Radio journalist gunned down at wedding 2015-01-21 [IFJ]
Afghanistan’s ethnic question obstructs its digital future 2015-01-14 [Equal Times]
Journalist severely injured in Afghanistan suicide bombing dies 2014-12-23 [IFJ]


Armenia

Artsakh Trade Unions Hold 3rd Congress 2014-12-26 [Asbarez]
Rubber workers protest over unpaid wages 2014-12-19 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Nairit workers threaten to block Bagratuniats Street 2014-12-06 [Aysor]


Azerbaijan

Hidden Journalist Refugee at Swiss Embassy in Azerbaijan 2015-02-14 [IFJ]
Executive Committee of General Confederation of Trade Unions convenes in Baku 2014-10-23 [News.Az]
President receives Secretary General of Int'l Confederation of Trade Unions 2014-10-23 [News.Az]


Australia

AWU calls for domestic gas reservations 2015-03-02 [AAP]
AWU demands inquiry ionto BHP and Rio Tinto cartel 2015-03-02 [AFR]
‘Overly generous’ redundancy payouts impeding restructures 2015-03-02 [The Australian]


Bangladesh

Sex workers are beginning to organize in a bid to improve their harsh, abusive working conditions 2015-02-24 [The Diplomat]
JU to protest brood quota 2015-02-23 [The Tribune]
Countdown to second Rana Plaza anniversary: Benetton pay up on Rana Plaza compensation! 2015-02-20 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Bhutan

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


Brunei


Burma

Low Labor Cost Ranks Burma among Top Countries for Investment 2015-02-09 [irrawaddy]
Women workers head to Hong Kong despite ban 2015-01-06 [Myanmar Times]
Rangoon govt to debate legalising sex work venues 2014-12-09 [DVB]


Cambodia

Domestic workers say Gvt dragging its feet on worker rights ILO convention 2015-02-28 [Phnom Penh Post]
200 Workers Protest After Factory Blocks Return 2015-02-28 [The Daily]
Workers Clash as Talks Stall in Factory Dispute 2015-02-27 [The Daily]


China

Union boss warns of ‘foreign forces’ in labour movement 2015-03-02 [The Financial Times]
Government promises China’s police better pay for better performance 2015-03-01 [China Labour Bulletin]
Guangdong finally announces plans to increase minimum wage by 19 percent 2015-03-01 [China Labour Bulletin]


Hong Kong

Live-in rules for helpers likely to be on agenda with countries 2015-03-02 [HK Standard]
Erwiana tells of scars and regrets over jail sentence 2015-03-02 [HK Standard]
Domestic worker rights activist welcomes jailing of employer 2015-03-01 [RTHK]


India

Maharashtra Unions rail against outsourcing, spook train passengers 2015-02-28 [The Mirror]
Trade unions slam “anti-labour” policies of the Centre 2015-02-27 [The Hindu]
Karnataka Contract workers launch strike 2015-02-27 [The Hindu]


Indonesia

Employer in Hong Kong jailed six years for abusing Indonesian maid Erwiana 2015-02-28 [Reuters]
500 jobs lost as General Motors shuts Bekasi plant 2015-02-27 [Jakarta Globe]
Sumbawa migrant workers find business better at home 2015-02-27 [Jakarta Post]


Japan

Under Japanese law, breaks are sacred and standby counts as work 2015-03-01 [Japan Times]
Toyota Calls Wage Demand by Union ‘Impossible’ 2015-02-26 [Bloomberg]
Top union body aims for biggest pay rise in 20 years 2015-02-23 [The Business Times]


Kazakhstan

ArcelorMittal Temirtau employees to receive full salary 2015-02-11 [Tengri News]
Labour conflicts, trade union and new legislation 2015-01-17 [The Times of Central Asia]
Kazakh oil workers: the fight for justice goes on 2014-12-26 [People and Nature]


Korea

Court rules in favour of Hyundai Motor in wage dispute 2015-01-16 [Yahoo]
Mahindra boss discusses plight of fired workers 2015-01-14 [JoonAng]
Workers at South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries set to strike 2014-11-19 [AFP]


Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan: where informality is a lifestyle 2014-11-04 [Equal Times]
The water crisis dividing Kyrgyzstan 2014-07-30 [Equal Times]
Strikers in Kyrgyzstan could face 15 years in prison 2014-03-14 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Laos

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]
Government lambasted for lack of rights progress 2014-06-10 [UCA News]


Malaysia

'Increase minimum wage to $566': Malaysia's Transport Workers Union 2015-03-02 [Asia One]
Demand the release of socialist leader arrested for sedition 2015-02-19 [Links ]
Union Proposes EPF Introduce Bonus System 2015-02-10 [Bernama]


Maldives

Sheraton workers take to the sea to deliver Shame on Sheraton message 2015-02-23 [IUF]
Govt asks teachers not to participate in black clothes' strike 2014-04-08 [Haveeru]
Teachers in black clothes in protest of low salaries 2014-04-08 [Haveeru]


Mongolia

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]
Landmark judgment against Rio Tinto in Mongolian court 2013-10-16 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Nepal

NTA seeks authority to initiate action against strike 2015-02-26 [Kantipur]
Trade unions against removing 'right to strike' from ILO convention 2015-02-19 [My Republica]
UTL staff launch protest programme 2015-02-18 [The Himalayan Times]


Pakistan

New agreement promotes decent work in Pakistan’s garment and textile sector 2015-03-02 [ILO]
Making demands: PESCO offices remain locked across province 2015-02-28 [The Express Tribune]
‘Struggle for Punjabi has gone a step ahead’ 2015-02-22 [Dawn]


Philippines

Tale of a Journey: Migrant Health Workers 2015-03-02 [ILO]
Exporters group thumbs down wage hike plea 2015-03-01 [The Philippine Star]
Contractualization in public sector, rampant and anti-worker – workers union 2015-02-26 [Bulatlat]


Singapore

Labour movement welcomes SkillsFuture initiatives: Lim Swee Say 2015-03-01 [CHANNEL NEWS ASIA]
Improving the lot of on-demand workers 2015-02-26 [The Straits Times]
Show of thanks to Singapore's public transport workers on 1st day of Chinese New Year 2015-02-19 [The Straits Times]


Sri Lanka

Private sector wants legislation on Rs.2500 wage hike 2015-03-01 [The Times]
Private sector gets step-motherly treatment 2015-03-01 [The Nation]
Estate Worker unions to meet on wage hike negotiations 2015-03-01 [The Times]


Taiwan

Workers from Korea come to Taipei for protest rally over factory closures 2015-02-13 [Taipei Times]
Worker killed working on Scorsese film in Taiwan 2015-01-30 [RTHK]
CAL staff demand better bonuses, get cool-it classes instead 2015-01-29 [Want China Times]


Tajikistan

RUSSIA’S CALLING FADES FOR TAJIK MIGRANTS 2014-12-29 [Equal Times]
EI workshops contribute to building a strong union 2014-08-22 [Education International]


Thailand

In Thailand, Burmese Migrant Workers Toil without Rights 2015-02-26 [Solidarity Center]
ITF supports Thai union’s rail privatisation fight 2015-02-17 [ITF]
Dynamic union activist elected head of Thailand's largest labor group 2015-02-10 [Solidarity Center]


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

Relatives of Ermenek mine victims protest support to ministers 2015-03-01 [Zaman]
The real reasons that Turkey bans strikes 2015-02-27 [The Financial Times]
Trade union general secretary detained at protest in front of Istanbul hospital 2015-02-26 [Hurriyet]


Turkmenistan


Uzbekistan

Forced Child Labour: Out Of The Uzbek Cotton Fields, On To The Scrap Yard 2015-02-17 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Forced labour still being used in cotton harvest 2015-02-04 [Solidarity Center]
World Bank Declines To Probe Uzbek Forced Labor Abuses 2015-02-04 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Vietnam

Unskilled Vietnamese workers in Thailand to receive work permits 2015-03-01 [Vietnam.net]
In Vietnam, thousands of workers return Tet gifts over fake product doubt 2015-03-01 [Tuoi Tre News]
Supporting worker particiption in Vietnam 2015-01-27 [TUC]
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