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Labour news from Asia


Asia

Unions create regional federation 2014-10-08 [Seatrade Global]
Region plans activity to support Hotel Housekeepers 2014-09-24 [IUF]
Migrant Workers 'Shouldn't Have to Be Tortured to Have Work' 2014-09-19 [Solidarity Center]


Afghanistan

Female journalist brutally stabbed and murdered in Afghanistan 2014-09-18 [IFJ]
Radio journalist assassinated at home 2014-07-18 [IFJ]
Court jails Pakistani journalist for four years 2014-07-16 [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

Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist 2014-10-18 [IFJ]
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]


Australia

Foreign teachers on 457 visas worsen graduate glut 2014-10-21 [Fairfax Media]
AWU says gas advice ignores harsh realities 2014-10-21 [AFR]
Victoria Mill Park: Golden Circle staff get jobs back as LangTech takes over 2014-10-21 [Northern Star Weekly]


Bangladesh

Sylhet indefinite transport strike postponed 2014-10-20 [Prothom Alo]
Indefinite transport strike begins in Sylhet 2014-10-19 [The Tribune]
Shajahan speaks against Tuba group owner's bail 2014-10-18 [The Daily Star]


Bhutan

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


Brunei


Burma

Myanmar: BWFM first Congress passes a resolution to affiliate to the BWI 2014-09-20 [BWI]
Strike for 50 cents at factory exporting footwear to Europe, Canada and US 2014-09-17 [Eleven]
Journalist Union, media bodies call for press protection 2014-07-29 [Democratic Voice of Burma]


Cambodia

Free Trade Union Proposes $130 Garment Worker Minimum Wage 2014-10-20 [The Cambodia Daily]
Hard times for ‘the Union 23’ 2014-10-20 [The Post]
GMAC paid for gov’t officials' perks 2014-10-18 [The Post]


China

How a simple labour dispute descended into a nightmare of black jails and labour camps 2014-10-21 [China Labour Bulletin]
New book on Chinese auto workers 2014-10-20 [Temple University]
Women workers in Jiangsu strike after being denied a pay increase 2014-10-18 [China Labour Bulletin]


Hong Kong

Trade Unions and the future of the Umbrella Revolution 2014-10-20 [Jacobins Mag]
Regime ratchets up talk about foreign meddling just as talks set to start 2014-10-20 [Union Book]
Taking to the streets of Hong Kong: are both sides losing control? Workers Rights advocate asks 2014-10-20 [Open Democracy]


India

Unions ask govt to take over Nokia's Chennai plant 2014-10-19 [Business Standard]
Trade unions to hold joint protest against labour laws reforms 2014-10-18 [The Economic Times]
Now, an auto harness plant in Tihar Jail 2014-10-18 [The Standard]


Indonesia

Canadian teacher held for 100 days without charge in Jakarta 2014-10-21 [Calgary Herald]
Trial of two French reporters in Papua begins same day Jokowi inaugurated 2014-10-20 [HRW]
Defending democracy in Indonesia 2014-10-20 [IUF]


Japan

Shibaura Institute of Technology teachers on strike 2014-09-22 [Tozen]
Japanese workers’ fight against karoshi, death from overwork 2014-09-19 [Red Pepper]
Tozen enters dispute with AIG Group firm 2014-09-16 [Tozen]


Kazakhstan

Free unionism is now either a criminal or administrative offence 2014-09-23 [IndustriALL Global Union]
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]


Korea

Number of labor disputes up 76% in 2014 2014-10-20 [Korea Herald]
'We're in solidarity with the 'Umbrella Revolution'!!' 2014-09-30 [CINA]
Kia Motors’ GwangjuPlant Workers to Stage Partial Strike on August 28 2014-08-28 [IT Times]


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

Cotton urges Malaysian PM to act over rail unionist dismissals 2014-10-18 [ITF Global Union]
Budget an eyewash, no help to workers, says trade union group 2014-10-11 [Insider]
Union finally gets foothold in electronics factory 2014-10-10 [IndustriALL Global Union]


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

Labour Act 2048 (1992) to be amended 2014-10-17 [Nepal News]
he new UNI Nepal Women Committee elected! 2014-10-15 [UNI Global Union]
ADBL employees demand CEO’s ouster 2014-10-14 [ekantipur.com]


Pakistan

Labour laws: Home-based workers demand recognisition 2014-10-20 [The Express-Tribune]
These courageous women 2014-10-19 [The News]
The terror of anti-terrorism - laws used against trade union leaders 2014-10-18 [The Daily Times]


Philippines

Radio workers on strike 2014-10-20 [Asia Radio Today]
Radio broadcasting union strike for second time in two years 2014-10-18 [IFJ]
RMN radio workers’ strike reveals seamy side of labor laws, ‘talent’ hiring 2014-10-17 [Bulatlat]


Singapore

Grant helps unions boost health of members 2014-09-28 [Asia One]
New grant to help unions start health promotion programmes for workers 2014-09-25 [The Straits Times]
Union membership growing at faster rate: NTUC 2014-08-21 [Today]


Sri Lanka

Railways General Manager removed after the strike 2014-10-18 [The Colombo Page]
Workers at Ansell continue to fight for their rights 2014-10-15 [IndustriALL Global Union]
Treasury elements blocking ‘decent work’ proposals, unions claim 2014-10-12 [The Times]


Taiwan

Former Hualon workers protest outside ministry 2014-10-15 [Taipei Times]
CPC workers protest privatization plans 2014-09-06 [The Post]
Next TV union demands investigation into deal 2014-09-02 [The Times]


Tajikistan

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


Thailand

Workers push Social Security reform law 2014-10-20 [The Post]
Treatement of migrant workers on Thai boats to be inspected 2014-09-27 [Phnom Penh Post]
Thai trial of British researcher is blatant victimization 2014-09-05 [ITF]


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

Workers can't collectively determine wages 2014-10-19 [TodaysZaman]
981 media personnel fired, 56 forced to resign in first half of 2014 2014-10-18 [Cihan]
Media bodies call on Turkey to release detained Kurdish journalists 2014-10-13 [The Guardian]


Turkmenistan


Uzbekistan

Country ranks among those with worst forms of child labour 2014-10-10 [Solidarity Center]
Cotton harvest enslaves teachers and students 2014-10-05 [Education International]
Union of independent journalists to be established 2014-02-16 [The Times]


Vietnam

Government to verify report of 'modern slavery' among workers in Malaysia 2014-09-26 [Thanh Nien]
Safety investment inspires AMWU Expert In Vietnam Visit 2014-09-19 [AMWU]
Trade Unions in Transition: Changing Industrial Relations in Vietnam 2014-09-10 [The Socialist Project]
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