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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Labour ministers from Gulf and Asian countries meeting this week should improve labour law protection, increase dialogue with unions and NGOs 2014-11-24 [ITUC]
Gulf ministers urged to improve labour law protection 2014-11-24 [Asian Business]
Labour Ministers from Asia and Gulf meet this week to discuss mistreatement of migrant workers 2014-11-23 [Human Rights Watch]


Afghanistan

Gvt vows to end impunity for crimes against journalists 2014-11-28 [IFJ]
What will the new Afghan government bring the workers? 2014-11-18 [Equal Times]
What will the new Afghan government bring the workers? 2014-11-05 [Equal Times]


Armenia

Rubber workers protest over unpaid wages 2014-12-19 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Nairit workers threaten to block Bagratuniats Street 2014-12-06 [Aysor]
Oxfam Launches Worker-Owned Factory 2014-10-21 [The Weekly]


Azerbaijan

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]
Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist 2014-10-18 [IFJ]


Australia

ITF Calls On Australian Government To Do Better On Labour Rights for Guest Workers 2014-12-20 [MUA]
TURC findings prejudiced and biased: CFMEU 2014-12-20 [ABC AM]
Battle lines drawn over Boxing Day shopping 2014-12-19 [This Working Life/SDA]


Bangladesh

Lessons from Rana Plaza 2014-12-12 [Fin24]
'A union response unlike anything before' - Tansy Hoskins on the Bangladesh Accord 2014-12-11 [UNI Global Union]
Human rights are everyone’s business 2014-12-10 [The Tribune]


Bhutan

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


Brunei


Burma

Rangoon govt to debate legalising sex work venues 2014-12-09 [DVB]
As Lawmakers Raise Own Pay, Minimum Wage Law Languishes 2014-11-19 [The Irrawaddy]
Garment sector can grow with strategic planning 2014-11-19 [Fibre2Fashion]


Cambodia

Workplace fire safety key issue 2014-12-14 [Phnom Penh Post]
Monks, garment workers lead rally on Human Rights Day 2014-12-10 [The Daily Mail]
Plan to negotiate ends Siem Reap airport strike 2014-12-08 [The Post]


China

A Thousand Retired Chinese Teachers Protest Over Lack of Pensions 2014-12-20 [Radio Free Asia]
Violence Against Striking Workers in Artigas Textile Factory 2014-12-19 [HKCTU]
Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers' 2014-12-19 [BBC]


Hong Kong

Union mvt in Hong Kong slams violent treatment of Shenzen workers across the border - Urgent appeal 2014-12-20 [HKCTU]
New dads to get 3 days paid leave 2014-12-19 [RTHK]
Govt concern over ATV's wage problems 2014-12-19 [RTHK]


India

New Indian sugar union actions in solidarity with murdered Philippines activist 2014-12-20 [IUF]
Coal unions threaten strike from Jan 6 2014-12-20 [Tribune News Service]
Bank strike on multiple days in January: Unions 2014-12-20 [PTI]


Indonesia

Thousands of workers strike across Indonesia 2014-12-16 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Thousands of workers protest in the streets over minimum wage 2014-12-12 [Jakarta Post]
Workers threaten to go on nationwide strike 2014-12-11 [ANTARA]


Japan

Protest statements issued as state secrets law takes effect 2014-12-10 [The Asahi Shimbun]
Rengo to offer counseling on dangers of ‘karoshi’ 2014-12-09 [The Times]
Quarter of workers suspect they are trapped at ‘black firms’ 2014-12-07 [The Times]


Kazakhstan

3 years after the massacre of striking oil workers, watch this video 2014-12-17 [Vimeo]
Workers on strike against low wages 2014-11-12 [Tengri News]
Chevron and oil workers' rights in Kazakhstan 2014-10-26 [The Diplomat]


Korea

Workers at South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries set to strike 2014-11-19 [AFP]
Number of labor disputes up 76% in 2014 2014-10-20 [Korea Herald]
'We're in solidarity with the 'Umbrella Revolution'!!' 2014-09-30 [CINA]


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

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]
Hundreds of Local Workers Laid Off at Laos Gold Mine 2014-01-29 [Radio Free Asia]


Malaysia

Nufam wants answers from PMB for RM2 billion losses 2014-12-11 [The Post]
Cuepacs urges govt to speed up review of public servant service schemes 2014-12-11 [The Sun]
RM500 Partial Payment Is A Clear Violation Of Employment Act 1955 - MTUC 2014-12-11 [The Digest]


Maldives

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]
Man injured in STO tanker fire dies 2014-03-28 [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

Labour Ministry told to profile manpower firms 2014-12-11 [ekantipur.com]
Labour unions warn of protest 2014-12-09 [The Himalayan Times]
Appeal court verdict for press workers 2014-12-08 [GEFONT]


Pakistan

Teachers’ union president makes international appeal following Peshawar massacre 2014-12-19 [Education International]
More than two years after 259 garment workers died in devastating factory fire German retailer KiK targeted by victims' families 2014-12-19 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Attack on workers: Polio campaign halted in Faisalabad 2014-12-10 [The Tribune]


Philippines

Congress Representatives call on Philippines government to investigate rights violations at Citra Mina tuna group 2014-12-20 [IUF]
Emergency powers, suspension of laws for big capitalists 2014-12-17 [KMU]
Aquino's typhoon of rights violations vs workers assailed 2014-12-12 [Kilusang Mayo Uno]


Singapore

The case for implementing parental care leave 2014-12-11 [Channel News Asia]
9 in 10 foreign workers happy here, but their housing and rights can be improved: survey 2014-12-08 [ST]
Will NTUC's white-collar push work? 2014-12-06 [The Straits Times]


Sri Lanka

Bata shoe giant must take responsibility for Sri Lankan supplier 2014-12-12 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Fulfill the given pledges- A Huge convention from manpower employees 2014-12-08 [Unions Lanka]
Graduate teachers protest march, requesting demands 2014-12-08 [Unions Lanka]


Taiwan

Workers march for police, firefighter rights 2014-11-09 [Focus]
Union urges action over childcare worker wages 2014-11-05 [The Times]
Former Hualon workers protest outside ministry 2014-10-15 [Taipei Times]


Tajikistan

EI workshops contribute to building a strong union 2014-08-22 [Education International]


Thailand

Drug test for workers heading to Israel 2014-12-12 [Bangkok Post]
Sacked workers rally at SET 2014-12-08 [The Post]
Beijing+20 side event: Protecting Domestic Workers with ILO Convention No. 189 – Enhancing Women’s Economic Empowerment and Decent Work 2014-11-18 [ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific]


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

'Kobanê will be liberated, we'll hold speeches in Kobanê the next time' 2014-12-18 [ Besta Nûçe]
IFJ/EFJ Condemn mass Arrest of Turkish Journalists 2014-12-16 [IFJ]
In Push Against Muslim Cleric, Turkey Detains Police Officers and Journalists 2014-12-15 [New York Times]


Turkmenistan


Uzbekistan

Country ranks among those with worst forms of child labour 2014-10-10 [Solidarity Center]
Cotton harvest enslaves teachers and students 2014-10-05 [Education International]
Union of independent journalists to be established 2014-02-16 [The Times]


Vietnam

Tunnel workers freed from Vietnam's Da Dang-Da Chomo hydroelectric power plant after four days 2014-12-20 [Radio Australia]
Informal workers lack protection 2014-12-19 [Viet Nam News]
Drilling creates wider access to 12 trapped workers in tunnel collapse 2014-12-19 [Tuoi Tre]
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