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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Across Asia's borders, labour activists team up to press wage claims 2014-08-18 [Reuters]
Asian labor activists team up to press wage claims 2014-08-18 [CNBC]
Across Asia's borders, labour activists team up to press wage claims 2014-08-18 [Reuters]


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

Abbott Government to create underclass of workers 2014-08-29 [ACTU]
Abbott Government abandons Australian workers 2014-08-29 [AWU]
Qantas should commit to performing reconfiguration work in Australia 2014-08-29 [AWU]


Bangladesh

People suffer as transport strike continues 2014-08-28 [The Daily Star]
Transport strike in Rangamati withdrawn 2014-08-28 [The Daily Star]
Workers in 'constructive talks' with garment industry 2014-08-28 [Just Style]


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 Take Pay Dispute to Ministry of Labor 2014-08-26 [The Daily]
Factories Ask Gov’t to Punish Strike Leaders 2014-08-25 [The Daily]
More Than 1,000 Faintings Reported in Factories This Year 2014-08-22 [Radio Free Asia]


China

Striking sanitation workers seek new model of collective bargaining 2014-08-27 [China Labour Bulletin]
One week after Anhui coal mine blast, 24 miners remain trapped 2014-08-27 [China Labour Bulletin]
Up to 10,000 truck drivers stage strike at Ningbo container port 2014-08-25 [China Labour Bulletin]


Hong Kong

FADWU meeting with Hong Kong Labor Department about wages increase 2014-08-14 [FADWU]
Big HK aircraft maintenance company hit by laboue shortages 2014-08-11 [SCMP]
Lifeguards strike as mainland wave hits 2014-08-05 [HK Standard]


India

West Bengal Kolkata immobilised again by flash taxi strike 2014-08-29 [DNA]
CIL unions mull strike over stake sale on August 31 2014-08-26 [Business Standard]
Three workers die in fire in garment manufacturing unit in Ludhiana 2014-08-26 [TNN]


Indonesia

Jokowi urged to protect migrant workers 2014-08-28 [Jakarta Post]
4 weeks jail for Singapore housewife who repeatedly kicked maid 2014-08-27 [Straits Times]
Forestry union vows to 'go green, go global, go gender, go youth' 2014-08-27 [BWINT]


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

Kia Motors’ GwangjuPlant Workers to Stage Partial Strike on August 28 2014-08-28 [IT Times]
Health care workers protest against privatisation 2014-07-04 [AAWL]
khmu strike 2014-06-27 [KHMU]


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

Gvt s Freezes Salary Increase For 150,000-plus Civil Servants 2014-08-09 [Radio Free Asia]
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]


Malaysia

Tragedy-hit Malaysia Airlines to slash 6,000 jobs in bold revamp 2014-08-29 [The Globe and Mail]
Factory Riots Provide Look at Migrant Workers' Grievances 2014-08-29 [The Wall Street Journal]
MAS loss not caused by employees - Nufam 2014-08-26 [Astro Awani]


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

CPN-M workers union campaigning against four trekking operators 2014-08-26 [Republica]
Union threatens to close trekking companies 2014-08-20 [Republica]
The only solution is a permanent cease-fire with the intervention of the international community to force the parties to conclude a negotiated settlement 2014-08-16 [GEFONT]


Pakistan

Three media workers gunned down in Quetta 2014-08-29 [The Tribune]
Constantly unpaid: LHWs protest, demand salaries 2014-08-28 [Labour Watch]
Employees demand implementation of SHC ruling on HDA chief’s appointment 2014-08-28 [Labour Watch]


Philippines

Radio network workers to go on strike 2014-08-28 [The Sun-Star]
RMN union members hold picket in Davao City 2014-08-27 [The Examiner]
Customers, students, NGOs and unions all demand that NXP 'Bring Back the 24!' 2014-08-15 [IndustriALL Global Union]


Singapore

Union membership growing at faster rate: NTUC 2014-08-21 [Today]
Shot in the arm for lower-wage workers in healthcare sector 2014-08-16 [Today]
Singapore agencies warned vs. advertising domestic workers as commodities 2014-07-16 [GMA News]


Sri Lanka

Government appeals to supplementary health workers to return to work 2014-08-29 [The Colombo Page]
Unions in Australia protest denial of visas to dismissed Lanka Ansell workers 2014-08-27 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Paramedics to refrain from emergency services if there are no solutions 2014-08-27 [Hiru News]


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

EI workshops contribute to building a strong union 2014-08-22 [Education International]


Thailand

The trials and tribulations of a labour rights activist ActNOW! 2014-08-29 [Myanmar Times]
European firms decry Thai trial of British activist ActNOW! 2014-08-29 [The Malaysian Insider]
European firms decry Thai trial of British activist 2014-08-28 [AFP]


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

Reactions to cronyism in school principal appointments escalate 2014-08-26 [Zaman]
94 pct of female agricultural workers unregistered 2014-08-26 [Zaman]
Civil Police called to Organising campaign at Antalya Airport Turkey 2014-08-16 [UNI Global Union]


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

Authorities throw in the towel as foreign firms flee with workers' debts 2014-08-25 [TTN]
Minimum wage to increase $14-18 per month in 2015 2014-08-21 [Thanh Nien News]
Worker rights often absent in the human rights engagement with Vietnam 2014-08-02 [The Diplomat]
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