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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Asia Pacific executive committee calls for immediate release of jailed unionists in Bangladesh 2017-02-14 [IndustriALL]
Asia Pacific employees aren't happy at work 2017-02-13 [CNBC]
A labour shortage looms in Asia 2017-02-09 [The Economist]


Afghanistan

Group Says Last Year Deadliest For Journalists On Record 2017-01-20 [RFE/RL]
Carpet weavers union says low wages forcing people out of the profession 2017-01-15 [TOLO News]
13 Coalminers Shot Dead In Baghlan 2017-01-13 [ToloNews]


Armenia

Defending Armenia’s Workers – Is Class Struggle on the Agenda? 2016-09-11 [hetq]
Excessive police force against journalists covering demonstrations 2016-08-03 [IFJ]
Press conference entitled: labor law, trade unions, the legislation problems 2016-05-05 [ANA]


Azerbaijan

18 worker deaths a year - oil company SOCAR lambasted over safety record 2016-12-21 [Hazardex]
9 Azerbaijani Oil Workers Still Missing In Caspian Sea 2016-12-19 [VoA]
Oil Platform Collapse Leaves One Dead, Nine Missing In Caspian Sea 2016-12-19 [RFERL]


Australia

Victoria Australian workers locked out by dairy giant Lactalis/Parmalat 2017-02-21 [IUF]
Victoria Union heavyweights Ged Kearney and Dave Oliver could be handed safe Labor seats before next federal election 2017-02-20 [Herald Sun]
Victoria Cleaning contractor at 18 Victorian public schools in wages scandal 2017-02-20 [SMH]


Bangladesh

Ethical Trading Initiative pulls out of the Dhaka Apparel Summit 2017 ActNOW! 2017-02-21 [ETI]
War on Want protest over garment worker crackdown in Bangladesh ActNOW! 2017-02-16 [War on Want]
Global protests grow over Bangladesh crackdown against trade unions 2017-02-16 [IndustriALL]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Union Aid Abroad urges Australian Govt. to push for an end to Myanmar’s Rohingya devastating crisis 2017-02-10 [Union Aid Abroad]
Child labour & low wages: The real cost of producing fashion 2017-02-08 [Asian Corresspondent]
Panda Textile workers back on strike after last-minute revisions to negotiated truce 2017-01-23 [The Times]


Cambodia

Workers at shuttered factory protest for pay 2017-02-14 [Phnom Penh News]
Workers March For Unpaid Wages—Again 2017-02-04 [Cambodia Daily]
Workers struggle despite boom 2017-01-25 [Khmer Times]


China

Factory where Samsung Note 7 batteries are made catches fire 2017-02-16 [Forbes]
Made in China Yearbook 2016: Disturbances in Heaven 2017-02-16 [Chinoiresie]
WHY 110 JAPANESE FIRMS WENT BANKRUPT IN CHINA LAST YEAR 2017-02-13 [SCMP]


Hong Kong

Cathay worker bleeds to death 2017-02-20 [The Standard]
Hong Kong union joins critics of McDonald's HK, China sale, sees pay squeeze 2017-02-20 [CNA]
Migrant domestic workers union leads anti-Trump protest in HK 2017-02-06 [Channel News Asia]


India

‘Over 50% Indian women labour on without being paid’ 2017-02-22 [Hindu Business Line]
Pay day for sanitary workers, pensioners 2017-02-22 [TNN]
Kerala Protest against arrest of headload workers 2017-02-21 [The Hindu]


Indonesia

Freeport Indonesia Mine Grinds to Complete Halt: Union 2017-02-17 [Jakarta Globe]
Indonesian court judges electricity privatisation unconstitutional 2017-02-14 [PSI]
Kendeng farmers blockade cement factory 2017-02-11 [JP]


Japan

Japan Limited Immigration; Now It’s Short of Workers 2017-02-14 [Business Mirror]
Foreign 'trainees' fill manpower gap in Japan 2017-02-13 [ST]
Japan limited immigration; Now it’s short of workers 2017-02-11 [NYT]


Kazakhstan

Watchdog Group Calls On Kazakhstan To Release Jailed Journalist 2017-02-14 [RFE/RL]
Labor Crackdown And Possible Unintended Consequences ActNOW! 2017-02-07 [Eurasia Review]
Authorities Using Intimidation to Quell Labor Unrest ActNOW! 2017-02-02 [EurAsiaNet]


Korea

South Korea: Supreme Court Approves Industrial Union Branch Breakaway 2017-02-17 [Mondaq]
Issues in the Restructuring of the Korean Shipbuilding Industry 2016-10-27 [GLC]
Hyundai Motor executives to take voluntary 10 per cent cut in wages 2016-10-25 [Reuters]


Kyrgyzstan

First meeting of textile workers union 2016-09-28 [Just Style]
Organizing leads to massive increase of the union membership in Kyrgyzstan 2016-09-21 [IndustriALL]
Fire Kills Migrant Workers in Russia 2016-09-01 [Solidarity Center]


Laos

Salary Delays Slow Government Work in Laos 2017-01-07 [RFA]
Feeling Pain of Rising Prices, Stagnant Wages 2016-08-25 [Radio Free Asia]
Police Publicly Confirm Arrest of Trio of Workers For Criticizing State 2016-05-30 [Radio Free Asia]


Malaysia

INFINEON must stop union busting and discrimination against union leaders 2017-02-07 [Good Electronics]
MTUC says no to hiring refugees 2017-02-07 [Malaysia Today]
Reinstate Zulfadlee Thye Abdullah, President of Infineon Technologies Melaka Workers Union 2017-02-07 [News Ghana]


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

National monthly minimum wage to be raised by 25% 2017-01-09 [AKIpress]
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]


Nepal

Central bank revises monetary policy 2017-02-22 [The Himalayan Times]
MoLE to award returnee migrant workers who embrace entrepreneurship 2017-02-22 [The Himalayan Times]
Consultancy operator held for swindling Japan job aspirants 2017-02-21 [The Kathmandu Post]


Pakistan

https://www.marxist.com/pakistan-factory-fire-2-workers-killed-23-injured.htm 2017-02-17 [Marxism]
In Pakistan, Community Health Workers Get Their Issues Across 2017-02-16 [PSI]
Two coal miners killed and one seriously injured 2017-02-14 [IndustriALL]


Philippines

Luxury Peninsula hotel still victimizing union leaders for participating in IUF Global Housekeeper Campaign 2017-02-04 [IUF]
Transparent, tripartite probe asked of Cavite EPZA factory fire 2017-02-04 [PM]
More Than 100 Workers Injured in Philippines Factory Fire 2017-02-03 [TeleSUR]


Singapore

Singapore Budget 2017 aims for innovative economy, quality environment and inclusive society 2017-02-21 [CNA]
Budget 2017: Workers to get more help with skills via e-learning, structured training 2017-02-21 [CNA]
More non-fatal injuries at workplaces in 2016: Workplace Safety and Health Institute 2017-02-14 [Strait Times]


Sri Lanka

Solidarity works! Sri Lankan workers vote for union 2017-02-10 [IndustriALL Global Union ]
Beyonce’s Clothing Line Is Paying Sweatshop Workers 54 Cents/Hour, Sources Say 2017-02-05 [Digital Music News]
Sri Lanka raises minimum salary limit for workers abroad 2017-02-02 [LBO]


Taiwan

Foreign workers stage 'One Billion Rising' protest in Taipei 2017-02-13 [Focus Taiwan]
Rail workers' penalties softened amid protests 2017-02-10 [China Post]
Is Tsai turning a blind eye to the woes of workers? 2017-02-06 [The 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

Thai affiliates follow up ILO complaint with Ministry of Labour 2017-02-16 [IndustriALL]
Thailand Hopes for Upgrade in US Human Trafficking Report 2017-02-06 [JG]
Migrants Push for Better Pay, Benefits at Thai Seafood Firm 2017-01-31 [Irrawaddy]


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

Solidarity with dismissed unionists in Turkey 2017-02-22 [PSI]
Outspoken union head faces armed attack as pressure mounts on referendum naysayers 2017-02-12 [Turkey Purge]
Authorities sack another 4,500 civil servants after coup bid 2017-02-08 [AFP]


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

ILO Report Confirms Forced Labor 2017-02-17 [Human Rights Watch]
In Rare Public Protest, Uzbek Pensioners Demand Cash, Not Plastic 2017-01-20 [RFE/RL]
European Parliament May Rubber Stamp Forced Labor in Uzbekistan 2016-12-11 [HRWatch]


Vietnam

A view from Vietnam: How the Southeast Asian nation is overcoming the roadblocks to become a high income economy 2017-02-13 [Interest]
Female workers’ clubs boost solidarity, confidence 2017-01-10 [Vietnam News]
Union bristles at plan to double overtime limit 2017-01-09 [VNExpress]
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