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Labour news from Asia


Asia

11th Asia-Europe Peoples' Forum push for a more integrated union movement 2016-07-12 [BWI Global Union]
South Asian unions sharpen their communication and campaigning skills 2016-07-09 [BWI Global Union]
Women renew demand for 40% representation 2016-06-28 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Afghanistan

Hazardous Work for Children Widespread 2016-07-14 [Human Rights Watch]
Lured by Jobs in Afghanistan, Nepalis Face Risks and Death 2016-06-29 [The Times]
Afghan government vows to press on with controversial power project 2016-06-08 [Equal Times]


Armenia

Press conference entitled: labor law, trade unions, the legislation problems 2016-05-05 [ANA]
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]


Azerbaijan

Journalist Khadija Ismayilova released on probation 2016-05-31 [IFJ]
Rights Activist Leyla Yunus Freed From Jail In Azerbaijan 2015-12-10 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Two Azerbaijani oil workers released from hospital 2015-12-09 [Trend]


Australia

Turnbull throws down the gauntlet on IR reform 2016-07-26 [The Australian]
Woolworths to close stores, cut 500 jobs 2016-07-26 [Fairfax Media]
Australian Capital Territory Public sector gag may be incompatible with human rights law: commissioner 2016-07-26 [Fairfax Media]


Bangladesh

Building support for just transition in Bangladesh 2016-07-26 [TUC]
Murder Charges for Rana Plaza Disaster ‘Much Delayed’ 2016-07-20 [Solidarity Center]
Court indicts 41 on murder charges in 2013 factory fall 2016-07-18 [AP]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi to Sign Pact to Allow Myanmar Workers Smoother Access to Jobs in Thailand 2016-06-24 [Radio Free Asia]
Union organisation calls for ILO to open country office 2016-06-20 [mizzima]
In an unregulated industry, domestic workers fall prey to human traffickers 2016-06-09 [The Hindu]


Cambodia

Fainting Outbreaks at Separate Factories 2016-07-25 [The Times]
BWI condemns the killing of Cambodian political analyst Kem Ley 2016-07-20 [BWI Global Union]
LG Workers Claim They Have Been Mistreated 2016-07-20 [The Times]


China

The Chinese sweatshops: they were the future, once 2016-07-26 [Stronger Unions]
Benzene-Poisoned Chinese Workers Speak About Their Fight With Leukemia 2016-07-26 [HKCTU]
Police Detain Hundreds of Protesting Former Teachers in Beijing 2016-07-26 [Radio Free Asia]


Hong Kong

Railway unionists unhappy over 3.7 per cent pay rise for most non-managerial staff 2016-07-12 [SCMP]
ATV wage saga: 600 former staff of Hong Kong broadcaster have now been paid 2016-07-12 [SCMP]
500 gym chain staff give California Fitness owners 48 hours to outline how to settle back pay 2016-07-12 [SCMP]


India

Delhi 7th Pay Commission: Notification this week; August salary as per new pay matrix 2016-07-26 [Zee News]
Karnataka Bus strike total, to continue; Karnataka government threatens to invoke ESMA 2016-07-26 [New Indian Express]
Andhra Pradesh Outsourcing has taken away job security: CITU 2016-07-26 [New Indian Express]


Indonesia

Workers Union Dubs Tax Amnesty Law as 'Discriminatory' 2016-07-22 [Tempo]
New video: Exploitative palm oil in Pepsi's supply chain 2016-07-19 [ILRF]
Low-income workers hit hardest by inflation 2016-07-18 [The Post]


Japan

Construction workers call for better gov’t support for their health insurance system 2016-07-12 [Japan Press Weekly]
Union workers stop welfare facility operator delaying regular wage hikes 2016-07-12 [Japan Press Weekly]
‘Same work, same pay’ goal may spark a race to the bottom 2016-06-26 [Japan Times]


Kazakhstan

Government Slammed Over Treatment of Workers 2016-06-09 [HRW]
Charges against Journalist Union chief reduced 2016-05-31 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
ArcelorMittal debts lead to unpaid wages 2016-03-22 [IndustriALL]


Korea

Unionists in Hong Kong protest in solidarity with KCTU over jailing of President 2016-07-08 [HKCTU]
Protest now over Korean union leader sentence 2016-06-22 [ITF]
Samsung Heavy Industries to shed workforce up to 40% 2016-06-16 [Pulse]


Kyrgyzstan

The struggle for decent work in the garment sector 2016-07-20 [Equal Times]
The struggle for decent work in Kyrgyzstan’s garment sector 2016-07-18 [Equal Times]
The struggle for decent work in the garment sector 2016-07-18 [Equal Times]


Laos

Police Publicly Confirm Arrest of Trio of Workers For Criticizing State 2016-05-30 [Radio Free Asia]
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]


Malaysia

SFI: Don’t appeal! It’s time to #recogniseSTIEU ActNOW! 2016-07-24 [BWI]
Union underscores rights of Indigenous Peoples 2016-07-18 [Education International]
Women workers in Malaysia asked to cover up 2016-07-17 [Khaleej Times]


Maldives

Maldivian journalists arrested for protesting against media crackdown 2016-04-06 [IFJ]
Maldives govt proposes law to criminalize defamation 2016-04-06 [IFJ]
Protesting journalists arrested 2016-04-03 [Sun Online]


Mongolia

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]
Why did Mongolian union leader set himself alight? 2015-12-09 [Open Democracy]


Nepal

Gefont 6th National Congress Delegates Council meeting concludes adopting important resolutions 2016-07-23 [GEFONT]
Nepali woman makes appeal from Saudi Arabia for justice 2016-07-14 [GEFONT]
Gefont condemns attack on Nepali migrant workers 2016-06-30 [GEFONT]


Pakistan

Tragic accident on Lahore orange line metro project 2016-07-26 [BWI Global Union]
New PepsiCo Frito-Lay workers union in Pakistan wins collective bargaining recognition 2016-07-26 [IUF]
Electricity workers hold protest 2016-07-25 [The Nation]


Philippines

RCMB-11 averts strike at Musahamat Farms II in Davao 2016-07-02 [PIA]
On unholy unions 2016-07-01 [The Guidon]
What can workers in the Philippines expect under Duterte? 2016-06-30 [Equal Times]


Singapore

Asia Pacific young workers get connected 2016-06-09 [ITF]
Bus operator Tower Transit announces pay raise of 3.5 per cent for its staff 2016-05-17 [ST]
'Gangsters' showing unwanted migrant workers the door in Singapore 2016-05-13 [ABC]


Sri Lanka

Workers protest ban on union in FTZ 2016-07-11 [Just Style]
Thousands protest against anti-union discrimination at FTZs 2016-07-08 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Sri Lanka: thousands protest against anti-union discrimination at FTZs 2016-07-07 [IndustriALL]


Taiwan

Country No. 3 in work hours: union 2016-07-13 [The Times]
Mandarin Airlines staff threatens 'collective vacation' 2016-07-13 [The Post]
Inspired by flight attendants, post office and railway workers ask for better work conditions 2016-07-04 [China Post]


Tajikistan

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]
Lawmakers in Tajikstan concerned by deadly brawl between Moscow cemetery workers 2016-05-18 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Thailand

Authorities arrested three women unionists - Junta urged to cease prosecution against vote no campaigners 2016-07-02 [prachatai]
Trial of migrant workers' rights activist Andy Hall to begin this week 2016-05-18 [undercurrent news]
Again - Raise minimum wage because of piling workers' debts - University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (!) 2016-04-29 [Bangkok Post]


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

Press Freedom in the grip of major crackdown following failed coup 2016-07-26 [IFJ]
Detention warrants issued for 42 journalists over failed coup attempt 2016-07-26 [Hurriyet Daily News]
Hundreds fired by Turkish companies after attempted coup 2016-07-26 [Hurriyet Daily News]


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

Forced Labor Linked to World Bank Loan 2016-07-09 [Solidarity Center]
Uzbek Government forcibly detained human rights defender Elena Urlaeva in a hospital for more than a month 2016-06-15 [Union Rights' Defence Centre]
State-led forced labour in the cotton industry ActNOW! 2016-06-03 [Open Democracy]


Vietnam

Union urged to protect women’s rights 2016-07-12 [Viet Nam News]
Unilever makes Vietnam labour improvements but has work to do, Oxfam reports 2016-07-12 [The Grocer]
Labour rights in Unilever’s Vietnam supply chain 2016-07-12 [Oxfam]
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