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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Daily violence, sex abuse in Walmart's Asian suppliers 2018-05-25 [Reuters]
BWI demands ADB implements labour rights safeguards 2018-05-04 [BWU]
End impunity, bring killers of journalists to book 2018-05-03 [IFJ]


Afghanistan

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]
Ten journalists killed in a single day, after gunmen shot dead BBC reporter 2018-05-01 [IFJ]


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

Tasmania Tasmanian public servants threaten strike action over 2 per cent wage offer 2018-05-25 [The Mercury]
Strike interrupts bank note printing for first time in a century 2018-05-25 [Sydney Morning Herald]
Police union slams Vic court punishment 2018-05-25 [9 News]


Bangladesh

Miners reject talks offer, continue strike 2018-05-20 [The Daily Star]
Transport workers turn rowdy in Sitakunda 2018-05-20 [The Daily Star]
Tea workers: Poorest of the poor 2018-05-19 [The Daily Star]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

South Korean factory fined K3 million for defying order 2018-05-10 [The Times]
Garment worker health and safety guidelines launched 2018-04-30 [The Times]
Changing behaviours - organizing in Myanmar 2018-04-16 [IndustriALL]


Cambodia

Union group slams NSSF fainting move 2018-05-21 [The Post]
Workers protest over sacked rep 2018-05-18 [The Times]
No solution at Gawon meet after no-show 2018-05-18 [The Post]


China

Beijing evictions, a winter's tale 2018-05-25 [Chinoiresie]
Hong Kong journalists attacked in Beijing 2018-05-17 [IFJ]
China’s teachers follow their American colleagues out on strike 2018-05-14 [China Labour Bulletin]


Hong Kong

Bus driver unionists warn of escalating action as Hong Kong commuters remain unfazed by 5,000-strong work-to-rule protest 2018-05-25 [The South China Morning Post]
Gov’t mulls taxi driver penalty scheme to tackle service refusals, overcharging 2018-05-18 [The Free Press]
‘Enough! Stand up!’: Thousands march for labour rights, urging standard working hours in Hong Kong 2018-05-03 [The Free Press]


India

Delhi Trash on streets as NDMC staff go on strike 2018-05-25 [India Today]
Haryana After 15 days, Haryana sanitation workers call off strike 2018-05-25 [The Indian Express]
Haryana Sanitation workers in Haryana call off 16-day old strike 2018-05-25 [India Today]


Indonesia

Council of independent unions at Coca-Cola Indonesia rejects the national collective agreement, demands reinstatement of dismissed union leaders 2018-05-15 [IUF]
Garuda Workers Threaten to Strike; Want Demands Met in 30 Days 2018-05-04 [Tempo]
Garuda emphasizes business as usual despite strike threat 2018-05-03 [The Post]


Japan

In corporate Japan, little movement on harassment policies: Reuters poll 2018-05-25 [Reuters]
Opposition deal to tweak Japanese labor bill likely to get contentious legislation past Diet 2018-05-22 [The Times]
Okayama buses strike by continuing to run and refusing to take anyone’s money 2018-05-03 [SoraNews24]


Kazakhstan

Independent union leader freed 2018-05-25 [IndustriALL]
Over 160 apartments to be provided to health workers in Kazakhstan’s Karaganda region 2018-05-23 [akipress]
Jailed Labor Union Leader Ordered Released On Parole 2018-05-11 [RFE RL]


Korea

Samsung executive grilled over alleged labor union sabotage 2018-05-08 [Korea Times]
Arrest warrants sought for Samsung executives for sabotaging labor union 2018-05-01 [Korea Herald]
KPTU Statement on Panmunjom Declaration 2018-04-28 [KPTU on Korea Policy Institute]


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

MTUC offers wishlist to new Human Resources Minister 2018-05-20 [The Straits Times]
Sg Buloh estate workers refuse to budge despite third eviction notice 2018-05-19 [The Star]
Give new govt time to address worker issues, says MTUC 2018-05-16 [The Edge Markets]


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

Migrant workers’ not to be charged more than Rs 300 for forms 2018-05-23 [thehimalayantimes.com]
Employees at Rukum's rural municipality deprived of pay for nine months 2018-05-23 [The kathmandu post]
Male migrant workers exposed to high temperatures at risk of infertility 2018-05-22 [thehimalayantimes.com]


Pakistan

KP Cabinet approves first ever child labour policy in Pakistan 2018-05-25 [LabourWatch]
SHC orders SSGC to regularise more than 170 contract employees 2018-05-25 [LabourWatch]
Cancelling ownership of mines that ignore safety standards proposed 2018-05-25 [Dawn]


Philippines

Labor group looks forward to passage of Sotto’s 14th month pay bill 2018-05-21 [The Inquirer]
SBMA stops Hanjin sub-contractor’s operation over worker’s death 2018-05-17 [Journal Online]
Garments workers go on strike, slam police harassment 2018-05-14 [Partido Manggagawa ]


Singapore

NTUCs New labour chief pledges to build on strong foundation 2018-05-23 [ST]
Help older workers lead more meaningful and productive lives 2018-05-20 [Today]
New union formed for supply chain employees; ST Logistics is first firm onboard 2018-04-30 [The Business Times]


Sri Lanka

Safety standards lacking in most Lankan factories 2018-05-06 [The Sunday Times]
Decision to observe May Day on May 7 costs Lankan President Sirisena his party trade union 2018-04-30 [LankaWeb]
Decision to observe May Day on May 7 costs Lankan President Sirisena his party trade union 2018-04-29 [MENAFN]


Taiwan

IFJ meets Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2018-05-15 [IFJ]
Unprotected by Labor Standards Act, Taiwan’s Cops Work 12-Hour Shifts 2018-05-07 [The News Lens]
Protests Ignite Calls for Centralized Labor, Fire Safety Regulations 2018-05-04 [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

Unacceptable and Unfair Treatment of UN Staff based in Bangkok 2018-04-13 [PSI]
Thailand Bus Fire Kills 20 Migrant Workers From Myanmar 2018-03-30 [NYTimes]
Court orders labour rights campaigner Andy Hall to pay damages to Natural Fruit 2018-03-27 [Finnwatch]


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

French cosmetics brand dismisses union members in Turkey 2018-05-16 [IndustriALL]
Celebrating May Day in a State of Emergency 2018-05-10 [Jacobin]
177 workers killed in occupational accidents across Turkey in April 2018-05-09 [SCF]


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

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]
Hundreds Fired From Uzbek Finance Ministry After President's Criticism 2017-12-28 [RFE/RL]


Vietnam

Aging population prompts Vietnam to look at raising retirement levels 2018-04-25 [The Express]
Thousands of Vietnamese workers take to highway to protest wage cuts 2018-03-24 [The Express]
Your cool new Samsung smartphone brought to you by noise, pain and miscarriages 2018-03-23 [USA Today]
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