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Labour news from Asia


Asia

ISDS Reforms Shove Human Rights Under Corporate Red Carpet 2018-09-13 [PSI]
2nd UNI Apro IT Organising Network Meeting, 27-28 August 2018, Hanoi, Vietnam 2018-09-09 [UNI Global Union]
ASETUC Youth Summit: The voice of a new generation of trade unionists 2018-08-23 [PSI]


Afghanistan

AFP driver killed in suicide attack 2018-07-30 [IFJ]
Afghan media’s “deadliest day” exposes the resolve, resilience and vulnerability its journalists 2018-05-21 [Equal Times]
Government Must Cease Anti-Union Campaign 2018-05-17 [ITUC]


Armenia

Unions gather for a regional meeting in Armenia 2017-10-05 [IndustriALL]
Unionists underpin role of education in teaching human rights and values 2017-04-08 [Education International ]
Defending Armenia’s Workers – Is Class Struggle on the Agenda? 2016-09-11 [hetq]


Azerbaijan

Representatives of KazTransOil fly to Batumi to negotiate with workers on strike 2018-04-04 [MENAFN]
RFE/RL Takes Azerbaijani Case To ECHR 2017-09-19 [RFE]
IFJ/EFJ welcome release of Mehman Aliyev and Alexander Lapshin 2017-09-13 [IFJ]


Australia

Call For Companies To Be Forced To Reveal Gender Pay Gaps 2018-09-23 [Ten Daily]
Young women more likely to be exploited at work than men: report 2018-09-22 [The Times]
Young workers want better health and wellness benefits 2018-09-22 [HRD]


Bangladesh

Govt asked to rehabilitate housemaids returning from KSA as victims of abuse 2018-09-23 [The New Age]
Parliament passes draconian Digital Security Act 2018-09-21 [IFJ]
Pay more for your clothes, Bangladesh workers tell global fashion brands 2018-09-18 [Reuters]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Garment workers stage protest in downtown 2018-09-10 [Eleven]
Wood-based factory workers seek benefits 2018-08-06 [The Times]
Garment workers fired for not signing employment contract 2018-08-06 [The Times]


Cambodia

PM: No protests during wage talks 2018-09-20 [The Times]
Unions Plan Mass Strike Over Possible EU Trade Scheme Removal 2018-09-20 [The Daily]
Union leader skips brewer appeal case 2018-09-06 [The Post]


China

Workers detained and attacked for organizing a union at Jasic Technology in ShenZhen 2018-09-10 [Good Electronics]
We the Workers: A Conversation with Huang Wenhai 2018-09-07 [Made in China Journal]
Shenzhen Jasic Technology: the birth of a worker-student coalition in China? 2018-09-01 [The Free Press]


Hong Kong

How to save Hong Kong maids from loan sharks 2018-08-11 [The South China Morning Post]
Online blacklist of rogue Hong Kong job agencies to help domestic workers 2018-08-11 [The South China Morning Post]
A third of Hong Kong’s domestic workers’ income spent on agency fees or loans, NGOs say 2018-08-08 [The Free Press]


India

How do other countries clean their sewers and is there something India can learn from them? 2018-09-23 [Scroll.in]
Government pulled up for failing to implement Factories Act 2018-09-23 [The Wire]
Jammu and Kashmir Address long pending demands of ASHA workers: Tarigami 2018-09-23 [Images]


Indonesia

Asia-Pacific paper unions mobilize on safety and Kimberly-Clark 2018-09-20 [IndustriALL]
Unease Grows over Foreign Workers 2018-09-15 [Benar News]
Unfair dismissal of trade union leader 2018-09-11 [PSI]


Japan

Country lagging behind in attitude toward punishment for power, sexual harassment 2018-09-23 [ILO]
Construction sites seek to be foreigner-friendly workplaces 2018-09-06 [Nikkei]
Harassment of care workers can threaten welfare of aging society 2018-08-30 [The Asahi Shimbun]


Kazakhstan

Kyrgyz Worker in Kazakhstan Paid $100 for 6 Months’ Work 2018-07-27 [Solidarity Center]
Migrant Workers & Children Exploited in Kazakhstan 2018-07-19 [Solidarity Center]
Migrant workers and their children exploited 2018-07-12 [BWI]


Korea

Former Samsung Electronics exec nabbed over alleged labor union sabotage 2018-08-07 [Yonhap]
Ex-labor minister arraigned in alleged anti-labor union scheme 2018-07-04 [Korea Herald]
Labor unions on strike amid economic crisis 2018-07-03 [Dong-A Ilbo]


Kyrgyzstan

370 Kyrgyz miners reinstated after mass layoffs 2018-01-17 [IndustriALL]
Full Gold Mining fired 370 Kyrgyz workers after they refused new contracts that included a 30 percent salary cut 2018-01-10 [The Diplomat]
Trade unions vow to protect labour rights ahead of Sunday’s elections 2017-10-13 [Equal Times]


Laos

Liquid Labourscape: Ad Hoc Experimentation in a Chinese Special Economic Zone in Laos 2017-11-24 [Chinoiresie]
Three Lao Workers Jailed For Criticizing Government Online Still Held After More Than a Year 2017-03-09 [RFA]
Salary Delays Slow Government Work in Laos 2017-01-07 [RFA]


Malaysia

BWI meeting with Malaysian labour minister propels SFI case 2018-09-14 [BWI]
Bill to repeal ‘Anti-Fake News’ Act fails 2018-09-13 [IFJ]
‘Union’s role is to find best solution for workers’ rights’ 2018-09-05 [The Post]


Maldives

Ruling party leader calls for shut down of Raajje TV 2018-02-06 [IFJ]
Police rough up, arrest journalists covering opposition rally 2017-07-28 [IFJ]
Maldives police summons liberal bloggers over unspecified charges 2017-06-05 [IFJ]


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

Govt reaches 8-point pact with transport workers 2018-09-23 [myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com]
Government employees threaten protest 2018-09-21 [thehimalayantimes.com]
Minimum wage for Saudi-bound workers set at 1,300 riyals http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-09-17/minimum-wage-for-saudi-bound-workers-set-at-1300-riyals 2018-09-17 [The kathmandu post]


Pakistan

Rift surfaces in Wapda workers union 2018-09-23 [Dawn]
Power workers’ demo for field staff security 2018-09-23 [LabourWatch]
‘National-level union to be formed to protect workers’ rights’ in the garment industry 2018-09-15 [LabourWatch]


Philippines

APO workers join rescue ops in Cebu landslide site 2018-09-22 [PTV]
Media targeted online and offline 2018-09-21 [IFJ]
Philippine workers will be charging their president with various crimes at the international tribunal 2018-09-18 [Web]


Singapore

Labour chief Ng Chee Meng: Blue vs white-collar labels make no sense as technology disrupts workplace 2018-09-05 [The Straits Times]
New Healthcare Academy to train hospital workers at risk of losing jobs to technology 2018-08-27 [The Straits Times]
Prepare workers for new roles before retrenching: Josephine Teo 2018-07-30 [The New Paper]


Sri Lanka

Stop union busting at world’s biggest hanger company 2018-08-30 [IndustriALL]
Railway workers suspend strike scheduled for tomorrow 2018-08-28 [The Times]
Special Public Sector Salaries Commission holds maiden meeting 2018-08-27 [The Times]


Taiwan

Pilot negotiations focus on discrepancy between aviation rules and labor laws 2018-08-21 [The Times]
Authorities reconciling labor standards for aviation industry 2018-08-20 [Focus]
Pilots Vote to Strike 2018-08-08 [The News Lens]


Tajikistan

'Equal Rights Are Not For Us,' And Other Thoughts On Women's Day 2017-03-09 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
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]


Thailand

Hundreds of employers, workers without permits arrested in nationwide sweeps 2018-08-26 [The Nation]
Migrant Workers in Thailand Arrested for Volunteering 2018-08-23 [Solidarity Center]
Fishers to strike as govt to seek migrants for fish industry 2018-08-06 [The 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]


Turkey

21,800 people killed in work-related accidents during AKP rule in Turkey 2018-09-23 [SCF]
Construction Workers At Turkey’s New Airport Jailed For Protesting Work Conditions 2018-09-22 [HRW]
Rights monitor condemns arrests of striking workers in Turkey 2018-09-22 [RUDAW]


Turkmenistan

Children Forced to Labor in Turkmenistan Cotton Fields 2018-02-02 [Solidarity Center]
Free Gaspar Matalaev 2017-12-10 [ATN]
International Workers, Employers, Governments Call on Turkmenistan to End Forced Labour 2016-06-15 [Union Rights' Defence Centre]


Uzbekistan

Fewer Workers Forced to Prepare Uzbek Cotton Fields 2018-09-10 [Solidarity Center]
Uzbek Union Leader Released from Prison 2018-05-15 [Solidarity Center]
One Miner Killed, Others Trapped In Abandoned Uzbek Gold Mine 2018-01-19 [RFE/Rl]


Vietnam

Activist and journalist sentenced to four years jail 2018-09-21 [IFJ]
Workers Protest Proposed Lease of Economic Zones to China 2018-07-24 [The News Lens]
Most workers said income sufficient to cover living expenses: survey 2018-07-15 [Vietnam Net]
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