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Labour news from Asia


Asia

East Asia maritime week begins 2014-06-24 [ITF Global Union]
Global fish supply chain depends on slavery 2014-06-14 [Guardian]
U. N. body to study coop unions' medical care and welfare businesses 2014-06-10 [Japan Times]


Afghanistan

Radio journalist assassinated at home 2014-07-18 [IFJ]
Court jails Pakistani journalist for four years 2014-07-16 [IFJ]
Revered Photojournalist Gunned Down in Afghanistan Election Tragedy 2014-04-07 [IFJ]


Armenia

Protection of workers’ labor, safety and health 2013-06-26 [ARKA]
Protecting Workers’ Rights 2012-12-05 [Asbarez]
Chemical Plant Workers Again Protest In Yerevan 2012-11-29 [azatutyun]


Azerbaijan

The new social workers 2013-06-07 [The Guardian]
5th Congress of the Federation of Trade Unions of Constructional Complex Workers Decides on Union Growth Strategy 2012-09-28 [BWI]
Conference of Railway Employees Trade Unions held in Azerbaijan 2012-04-26 [ABC]


Australia

Queensland Curtis Island workers set to strike on Thursday 2014-08-02 [Gladstone Observer]
Workplace death:Improving support for families 2014-08-02 [UNSW]
Rio Tinto's 'sustainable mining' claims exposed 2014-08-01 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Bangladesh

Tuba workers still wait for arrears 2014-08-01 [The Daily Star]
77 striking RMG workers fall sick 2014-08-01 [The Financial Express]
Garment workers begin fast until death 2014-07-29 [Prothom Alo]


Bhutan

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


Brunei


Burma

Journalist Union, media bodies call for press protection 2014-07-29 [Democratic Voice of Burma]
Sacked factory workers protest outside South Korean embassy 2014-07-20 [Mizzima News]
Rangoon factory workers in compensation dispute with S Korean sportswear firm 2014-07-18 [Democratic Voice of Burma]


Cambodia

Workers Protest for Speedy Pay After Fire Destroys Factory 2014-08-01 [The Cambodia Daily]
Workers ill after fainting at factory 2014-08-01 [Phnom Penh Post]
Long shifts at factory killed worker, gov’t report states 2014-08-01 [Phnom Penh Post]


China

Factories are failing to treat workers equitably 2014-08-01 [The Daily Star]
The new strikes in China 2014-07-29 [libcom]
Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China 2014-07-27 [Talking Union]


Hong Kong

Pro-democracy website closed amid claims of commercial pressure and threats 2014-08-01 [IFJ]
Lawmaker Seeks Employer Liability in Harassment Bill 2014-06-25 [Bloomberg]
Airlines staff may stage 'No Putonghua' protest after sit-in 2014-06-24 [South China Morning Post]


India

Changes made in labour laws, trade unions criticise 2014-08-01 [The Economic Times]
Jammu and Kashmir SRTC employees assured 5th pay commission arrears, call off strike 2014-08-01 [Greater Kashmir]
Andhra Pradesh RTC unions threaten strike 2014-07-30 [TNN]


Indonesia

Crims, cops, soldiers extort $28 million per year from returning workers at Jakarta airport 2014-07-31 [Jakarta Post]
Eight maids dead this year after falling while cleaning high rise windows in Singapore 2014-07-26 [SCMP]
Tunnel flood kills four gold miners in West Java 2014-07-25 [Jakarta Post]


Japan

Govt seeks pay parity for foreign construction workers 2014-07-29 [Japan News]
Smaller firms brace for tough wage decisions next year 2014-07-28 [The Post]
A democratically elected rep is every worker’s legal right 2014-07-23 [The Times]


Kazakhstan

New Kazakhstan Law on Trade Unions and Amendments to the Labour Code 2014-07-25 [National Law Review]
Draconian Laws Threaten Free Trade Unions in Kazakstan 2014-07-13 [IWPR]
Zhanaozen Solidarity campaign brings results 2014-04-05 [IUF]


Korea

Health care workers protest against privatisation 2014-07-04 [AAWL]
khmu strike 2014-06-27 [KHMU]
Domestic Workers in Korea ask the government to ratify C189 2014-06-16 [IUF Korea]


Kyrgyzstan

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]
In Kyrgyzstan, we need to expand women’s access to economic resources 2014-03-06 [UN Women]


Laos

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]
Teachers Hit by Government Budget Woes 2014-01-03 [Radio Free Asia ]


Malaysia

Flight attendants around the world pay tribute to MH17 crew 2014-07-21 [Malay Mail]
MH17: National Union Of Flight Attendants Malaysia Organises Solat Hajat In Memory Of Cabin Crews 2014-07-21 [Malaysian Digest]
Union: MAS flight crew now fear flying after MH17 disaster 2014-07-21 [Malay Mail]


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

Landmark judgment against Rio Tinto in Mongolian court 2013-10-16 [IndustriALL Global Union]
CMTU to demonstrate for minimum monthly wage increases 2013-09-15 [The Post]
A Rio Tinto Classic: Trade Union Rights violation and Dismissal of thousands in Mongolia 2013-08-21 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Nepal

ILO stands with GEFONT striving towards Social Justice: ILO DG Mr. Guy Ryder 2014-07-30 [GEFONT]
GEFONT efforts for uniting working people, appreciable: ITUC-AP GS Suzuki 2014-07-30 [GEFONT]
Toothless committee formed to end protest at Insurance Board 2014-07-23 [The Himalayan Times]


Pakistan

Rail workers protest - allowances not paid for 2 years 2014-08-01 [INN]
Gender dimensions of bonded labour in brick kilns 2014-07-28 [Labour Watch]
Denial of salary dampens teachers’ spirits for Eid 2014-07-28 [Labour Watch]


Philippines

Workers, businessmen unite in hope to find answers to power woes 2014-07-21 [The Sun-Star]
To strike or not to strike 2014-07-20 [The Sun-Star]
Global union calls for reinstatement of NXP unionists, completion of CBA ActNOW! 2014-07-18 [Bulatlat]


Singapore

Labour movement backs veteran union leader for NMP post 2014-05-05 [News Channel Asia]
Employers, workers must change as S’pore’s economy restructures: NTUC May Day message 2014-04-27 [Today]
Union raises over S$100,000 for needy workers 2014-03-20 [Today]


Sri Lanka

MEAA joins global condemnation of treatment of journalists in Sri Lanka 2014-08-01 [Media Alliance]
Hospital functions disrupted due to the strike 2014-07-31 [Hiru News]
Some hospital workers stage strike 2014-07-31 [The Island]


Taiwan

Employees of state-owned banks plan to stage a strike 2014-07-24 [The Post]
Former dispatch workers protest at TBS meeting 2014-07-13 [Taipei Times]
Taiwan trade union leaders attend cross-Strait trade union forum in Beijing 2014-04-17 [Xinhua]


Tajikistan


Thailand

Unity to fight precarious work in Thailand 2014-07-31 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Thai government urged to drop libel case against British slavery researcher 2014-07-21 [The Guardian]
Andy Hall’s prosecutor is Thai pineapple industry lead 2014-07-21 [Fresh Fruit Portal]


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

Continued union-busting by Deva Holding in Turkey 2014-08-01 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Dying on the job is not the destiny of mine workers! 2014-07-31 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Stop Israel’s Persecution of Palestine 2014-07-28 [uidder.org]


Turkmenistan


Uzbekistan

Union of independent journalists to be established 2014-02-16 [The Times]
More Sharing Services Share on email Financing Forced Labor in the Cotton Fields of Uzbekistan 2013-10-17 [AFL-CIO]
Dispatches: death at cotton harvest 2013-09-27 [HRW]


Vietnam

Worker rights often absent in the human rights engagement with Vietnam 2014-08-02 [The Diplomat]
Labor union calls for sharp increases in minimum wage 2014-08-01 [Thanhniem News]
The country's one and only trade union turns 85 2014-07-29 [Asian Correspondent]
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