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Labour news from Asia


Asia

How can unions promote sustainable industrial employment in South Asia? IndustriALL affiliates are figuring it out. 2016-08-11 [IndustriALL]
Unions undertake commitment to organize informal workers 2016-08-09 [ILO]
BWI-AP joins 94 other civil society groups saying NO to investors suing states in RCEP 2016-08-06 [BWI Global Union]


Afghanistan

Trade unions and the status of labour 2016-08-28 [AAN ]
Trade unions and the status of labour 2016-08-28 [AAN ]
The labour movement in Afghanistan [PDF] 2016-08-26 [Nangyalai Attal]


Armenia

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]
IFJ and EFJ ask for a full investigation into attacks on media workers by Police at a demonstration in Armenia 2015-06-27 [IFJ]


Azerbaijan

Break the silence on oil workers’ deaths 2016-08-06 [People and Nature]
Journalist Khadija Ismayilova released on probation 2016-05-31 [IFJ]
Rights Activist Leyla Yunus Freed From Jail In Azerbaijan 2015-12-10 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Australia

7-Eleven's wage fraud sparks $170 billion blow back 2016-08-27 [Fairfax Media]
Footy finals BBQ CUB boycott achieves record support in three hours 2016-08-27 [ACTU]
South Australia The end of the road for South Australia’s auto industry 2016-08-27 [Adelaide Advertiser]


Bangladesh

Tea workers' strike today 2016-08-22 [The Daily Star]
Tea workers to go on strike on Monday 2016-08-20 [The Tribune]
Envoys for more unions in RMG sector 2016-08-19 [The Tribune]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Farmers Form Unions across Myanmar to Save Their Land 2016-08-26 [Solidarity Center]
Defying Challenges, Myanmar Workers Win Rights at Work 2016-08-26 [Solidarity Center]
Govt to launch pilot for overseas domestic workers 2016-08-11 [Myanmar Times]


Cambodia

Workers Block Road in Protest 2016-08-26 [Khmer Times]
Supporting Low-Skilled Labor in the New Lower-Middle Income Cambodia 2016-08-25 [The Asia Foundation]
Garment Factories Close amid Political Uncertainty 2016-08-24 [Khmer Times]


China

Apple is making life terrible in its factories – labor rights warriors 2016-08-28 [The Register]
Workers will be offered chance to take stake in state-owned companies 2016-08-25 [SCMP]
Airlines dangle lucrative pay to expat pilots as travel demand explodes 2016-08-25 [SCMP]


Hong Kong

Police investigate sergeant accused of sexually harassing female officers 2016-08-27 [COCONUTS Hong Kong]
Saving a Safe Haven for Hong Kong's Domestic Workers 2016-08-26 [HK Magazine]
No girls allowed? Hong Kong-based shipping firm backtracks on ‘no interviews for females’ policy 2016-08-26 [HK Free Press]


India

Uttarakhand Guest teachers fail to meet DG Education, few go on hunger strike 2016-08-28 [TNN]
Tamil Nadu Kin of deceased workers get accident relief 2016-08-28 [The Hindu]
7th Pay Commission latest news: Aggrieved central govt employees pin hope in meeting between Committee of Secretaries and NJAC on Sept 1 2016-08-28 [India.com]


Indonesia

Abused Indonesian Migrant Worker Returns Home from Iraq 2016-08-25 [TEMPO]
Women trade union leaders in South East Asia develop gender equality and advocacy skills 2016-08-25 [IndustriALL]
union head: Millions of workers will strike if Ahok is re-elected as governor 2016-08-19 [Coconuts]


Japan

Record number of illegal labor practices found among employers using foreign trainees 2016-08-27 [Japan Press Weekly]
Temporary teachers hold national meeting 2016-08-27 [Japan Press Weekly]
Sex trade a shaky safety net for Japan’s working-poor women 2016-08-27 [Japan Times]


Kazakhstan

Trial Of Kazakh Journalists' Union Chief Starts In Astana 2016-08-25 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Ill Health Adjourns Trial Of Kazakh Journalists' Union Chief 2016-08-25 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Oil Industry Workers Go On Strike Over Pay Cuts 2016-08-01 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Korea

Hyundai Motor workers to again stage partial strike 2016-08-12 [Yonhap]
Oriental Brewery union to expand strike over pay 2016-08-12 [The Herald]
South Korea: A government at war with democracy 2016-08-06 [IUF]


Kyrgyzstan

The struggle for decent work in the garment sector 2016-07-20 [Equal Times]
The struggle for decent work in Kyrgyzstan’s garment sector 2016-07-18 [Equal Times]
The struggle for decent work in the garment sector 2016-07-18 [Equal Times]


Laos

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]
Teachers Go Unpaid in Southern Lao Province 2015-05-13 [Radio Free Asia]


Malaysia

Sarawak not ‘stupid’ to compromise worker quality for local interest, deputy CM tells critics 2016-08-22 [The Mail]
Malaysia’s slides towards authoritarianism 2016-08-11 [Equal Times]
Malaysia’s slide towards authoritarianism 2016-08-11 [Equal Times]


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

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]
Why did Mongolian union leader set himself alight? 2015-12-09 [Open Democracy]


Nepal

UNITRAV warns hoteliers in Annapurna region 2016-08-15 [The Himalayan]
Unilever says lockout of factory continues 2016-08-10 [The Post]
Unilever’s Hetaunda factory to reopen Monday 2016-08-07 [The Himalayan]


Pakistan

Pims employees postpone strike 2016-08-26 [Dawn]
Several health units in Thar shut as unpaid staff stop work 2016-08-26 [Dawn]
Plaza owners, contractor booked after labourer’s death 2016-08-26 [Dawn]


Philippines

Fast food workers in the Philippines fight for new laws to combat precarious work 2016-08-25 [IUF]
Alliance of health workers presses for salary hike of nurses 2016-08-22 [The Bulletin]
Contracting firms to be checked for ‘endo’ 2016-08-07 [The Inquirer]


Singapore

Nine in 10 construction deaths due to workers overlooking safety: Manpower Minister 2016-08-24 [Straits Times]
Wage increase for professionals 2016-08-04 [Jakarta Post]
Worker with crushed finger gets just 1 day off 2016-08-02 [The Straits Times]


Sri Lanka

Breakthrough for Ansell workers in Sri Lanka 2016-08-18 [IndustriALL]
University non-academic staff strike called off 2016-08-09 [The Daily News]
Say no to ETCA 2016-07-30 [Lanka Web]


Taiwan

Nan Shan ordered to pay life insurance premiums after protests 2016-08-26 [The Times]
1,000 TRA conductors, staff ready to take leave on Moon Festival 2016-08-22 [Focus]
Gov't defends six-day workweek exceptions 2016-08-19 [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 Authorities Arrest And Deport Thousands of Myanmar Workers 2016-08-02 [Radio Free Asia]
Poultry workers cry fowl amid claim they 'slept on floor next to 28,000 birds' 2016-08-01 [Guardian]
Separate prisons for LGBTI inmates in Thailand 2016-07-29 [Equal Times]


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

ITF urges end to anti-union pressure on Turkish workers 2016-08-25 [ITF Global Union]
ETUC and ITUC deeply worried by the latest developments 2016-08-24 [ETUC]
ITF urges end to anti-union pressure on Turkish workers 2016-08-24 [ITF]


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

Samarkand Street Sweepers Strike Back 2016-08-11 [RFE]
Coalition to World Bank: Hold Uzbekistan Accountable 2016-08-01 [Solidarity Center]
Forced Labor Linked to World Bank Loan 2016-07-09 [Solidarity Center]


Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City party chief encourages labor unions to stage strikes 2016-08-23 [Tuoi Tre News]
Nghe An: 200 hospital workers strike over unpaid salaries 2016-08-02 [Viet Net]
Union urged to protect women’s rights 2016-07-12 [Viet Nam News]
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