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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Union development - is there another way? 2015-08-22 [Just Style]
The brutal treatment of domestic workers in Asia 2015-08-20 [Social Justice Solutions]
Captured Thai boat reveals continued use of Asian slaves 2015-08-20 [New Europe]


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

Prominent journalist jailed for 'economic crimes' 2015-09-03 [TIME]
IFJ and EFJ condemn 'outrageous' 7.5 year jail sentence for Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova 2015-09-02 [IFJ]
IFJ and EFJ reject the State Prosecutor’s 9 years imprisonment request against Azeri journalist Ismayilova 2015-08-22 [IFJ]


Australia

Quad bike safety discussion is maturing 2015-09-03 [SafetyAtWorkBlog]
More care needed in discussing workplace mental health and mental illness 2015-09-03 [SafetyAtWorkBlog]
Western Australia Old school OHS in mining 2015-09-03 [SafetyAtWorkBlog]


Bangladesh

Trade union registration boosts after Rana Plaza tragedy 2015-08-31 [The Tribune]
Bangladesh Court Delays Screening of 'Rana Plaza' Movie 2015-08-26 [NYT]
Court bans Rana Plaza movie because of terrifying scenes 2015-08-25 [The Guardian]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

New minimum wage sees workers sacked and struggling 2015-08-31 [The Times]
National Trade Union Centre Officially Registered 2015-08-31 [ITUC]
International Trade Union Releif Efforts Needed in Myanmar 2015-08-08 [BWI]


Cambodia

Too many unions: owners 2015-09-03 [The Post]
Svay Rieng Unionists Appeal Convictions for Protest 2015-09-03 [The Daily]
Cambodia: New union group formed 2015-08-27 [ILO]


China

Official trade union ACFTU takes a holiday in dreamland 2015-08-29 [China Labour Bulletin]
Tianjin blasts: China sacks work safety chief in wake of explosions that killed 139, state media says 2015-08-27 [ABC]
What the local trade union did in the wake of the Tianjin disaster 2015-08-27 [China Labour Bulletin]


Hong Kong

Foreign domestic helpers call for higher wages 2015-09-02 [RTHK]
Teacher Union says Education Bureau shirking responsibility to test for schools' contaminated water 2015-09-02 [RTHK]
Sixty percent of workers say thry are unhappy with their jobs 2015-09-02 [ejinsight]


India

Tens of Millions Strike in India to Defend Labour Rights 2015-09-03 [Ituc]
West Bengal Over 1,000 arrested during Trade Unions’ countrywide strike 2015-09-03 [TNN]
Tamil Nadu Chennai's IT professionals join nation-wide strike to support unions 2015-09-03 [Hindustan Times]


Indonesia

Thousands of workers rally for new wage in Indonesia 2015-09-03 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Unions Mobilise Over Minimum Wages, Layoffs and Labour Laws 2015-09-02 [ITUC]
Indonesian workers to stage mass protest against layoffs 2015-08-31 [Reuters]


Japan

High school students form labor union for protection in part-time jobs in Chiba 2015-08-28 [Asahi Shimbun]
Kansai college students form union to fight being exploited as part-time workers 2015-08-28 [Asahi Shimbun]
70 year on from the atomic bombs, Nagasaki Hiroshima Peace Messengers honour UNI with visit 2015-08-18 [UNI Global Union]


Kazakhstan

Tension Growing As Oil Prices Batter Economy 2015-08-19 [Oil Price]
Stronger education unions through reinforcement of negotiating and organising skills 2015-07-17 [Education International]
Legal shackles on workers’ movement challenged 2015-06-23 [USI]


Korea

Gigasmell for koreanske verft 2015-07-29 [Bloomberg]
GM's South Korea workers to stage partial strike on Friday 2015-07-16 [Reuters]
GM Korea’s union plans strike on pay 2015-07-03 [JoonAng]


Kyrgyzstan

Unions defended Labour Code at the first stage 2015-09-03 [IndustriALL Global Union]
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]


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

Cabin crew union demands MAS Act review at next Parliament sitting 2015-08-29 [The Mail]
MAS flout rights of personnel, former workers, says union 2015-08-25 [Insider]
Freeze GST, labour body tells Putrajaya amid ringgit free fall 2015-08-25 [Insider]


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

JTUCC Letter to Special Committee Chairman 2015-08-24 [GEFONT]
GSG Malaysia and GEFONT Interaction Program 2015-08-24 [GEFONT]
Migrant workers win after 10-year struggle 2015-08-23 [GEFONT]


Pakistan

Call to amend laws to protect industrial workers 2015-09-03 [LabourWatch]
CJP wants protection of labourers in stone-cutting plants 2015-09-03 [LabourWatch]
Govt hospitals’ staff go on strike against freezing of allowance 2015-09-03 [LabourWatch]


Philippines

Press club president shot dead in the Phillipines 2015-08-28 [IFJ]
The commercialization of UP 2015-08-23 [Bulatlat]
Kepco workers hold ‘peace rally’ 2015-08-21 [The Sun-Star]


Singapore

Extension ‘expected with ageing society, tight labour workforce’ 2015-08-24 [Today]
Re-employment age will rise to 67 by 2017 2015-08-24 [ST]
Enhanced Baby Bonus, more paternity leave among measures to give families a boost 2015-08-24 [ST]


Sri Lanka

Australian trade unions support sacked Ansell Sri Lanka strikers 2015-08-29 [The Nation]
Unions confident of wage hike legislation 2015-08-23 [The Times]
The 15th delegates’ convention of water board employees is held 2015-08-16 [Unions Lanka]


Taiwan

Solidarity with the struggle of dismissed HYDIS workers (#8) 2015-08-24 [CINA]
NTNU under fire over changes 2015-08-21 [The Times]
Solidarity with the struggle of dismissed HYDIS workers (#6) 2015-08-11 [CINA]


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

Journalists acquitted in key Thai criminal defamation case 2015-09-01 [IFJ]
Court sends labour rights activist Andy Hall for trial 2015-08-28 [UNI Global Union]
Thai Official Gets 22 Years for Human Trafficking 2015-08-26 [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

A strong union for Turkish security guards 2015-08-25 [UNI Global Union]
Gov’t reveals deal with unions over pay raise for public servants 2015-08-25 [Hurriyet]
Gov’t announces deal with unions over pay raise for public workers 2015-08-24 [Zamen]


Turkmenistan

IS EU SUPPORT PROPPING UP ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST ANTI-DEMOCRATIC REGIMES? 2015-08-10 [Equal Times]


Uzbekistan

Trafficking Report Boosts Uzbekistan Ranking 2015-07-29 [Solidarity Center]
Human Trafficking: U.S. Decisions Fails Forced Labor Victims Uzbekistan placement supports state-sponsored forced labor 2015-07-28 [Cotton Campaign]
Ban Ki-moon: Uzbekistan Must Do More to End Forced Labor 2015-06-17 [Solidarity Center]


Vietnam

Vietnam labor productivity still far behind ASEAN countries: ministry 2015-08-28 [thanhniennews]
Currency Devaluation in Vietnam Further Exposes Trade Policy Failures says AFL-CIO 2015-08-27 [AFL-CIO]
92 pct of Vietnamese workers struggle with current wages: survey 2015-08-22 [ Thanh Nien News]
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